Stone Temple Pilots And Velvet Revolver Singer Scott Weiland Dies, Aged 48
4 December 2015, 09:07
His Velvet Revolver bandmate Slash has paid tribute, calling it a "sad day".
Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has died, aged 48. The star - who was also part of supergroup Velvet Revolver - was found on his tour bus on Thursday (3 December) after "passing away in his sleep".
A statement, posted on his Instagram, read: "Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected."
Juliette Lewis led the tributes on Twitter, calling him an "epic force on stage".
Sad to hear about Scott Weiland passing. He was a once of a kind epic force onstage. thoughts are w his family #RIPScottWeiland— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) December 4, 2015
Wheetus recalled opening for Stone Temple Pilots in 2000 and said they were "lucky to have experienced him."
took this pic of Scott Weiland last Sunday ...I feel lucky to have experienced him. pic.twitter.com/PqsxpCdMhA— wheatus (@wheatus) December 4, 2015
Slash - who played alongside Weiland in supergroup Velvet Revolver - has broken his silence, calling it a "sad day"
Weiland had a history of drug problems and was ejected from both the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver for "erratic behaviour".
Weiland's current band, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, were scheduled to play at a Medina, Minnesota, concert venue, on Thursday.