Scott Weiland, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman, dead at 48

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Stone Temple Pilots Frontman Scott Weiland Dies On Tour Bus

Scott Weiland, the former frontman for rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died, his Facebook page confirmed early Friday morning (Dec. 4).

"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," a post on Weiland's Facebook page reads. "At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott's family be respected."

Dave Navarro, guitarist and member of Jane's Addiction, first tweeted the news at 9:01 p.m. PT on Thursday night: "Our friend Scott Weiland has died." (He has since deleted the tweet.)

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Weiland and his latest band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, are scheduled to tour this month with upcoming dates at Reno, NV on Dec. 18 and City Winery in Napa on Dec. 19. The band was in Minnesota for a tour date at the Medina Ballroom. According to TMZ, Weiland was found dead on the band's tour bus.



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UNSPECIFIED - AUGUST 01: Photo of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and Scott WEILAND; Scott Weiland performing on stage (Photo by John Lynn Kirk/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and Scott WEILAND; Scott Weiland performing on stage, megaphone (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and John S. Hall of King Missile (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots during 1993 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Scott WEILAND and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS; Scott Weiland performing on stage (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots during KROQ Weenie Roast at Irvine Meadows in Irvine, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots during Stone Temple Pilots in Concert at Nassau Coliseum - 1996 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, United States. (Photo by Patti Ouderkirk/WireImage)
Scott Weiland during 1999 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Scott Weiland during Hole Concert '99 at The Palace in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots performs in Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheater October 1, 2000 at the Varoius Venues in Varoius Cities, (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland performs at the K-ROCK Dysfunctional Family Picnic 5 (DFP 5) at the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, New York. 6/22/01 Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots during 9th Annual KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
379136 04: Lead singer Scott Weiland performs live with his band, Stone Temple Pilots at the El Rey Theater September 24, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Troy Augosto/Liaison)
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2004, file photo, Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland, left, and Slash perform "Fall to Pieces" perform at the VH1 Big in '04 awards, in Los Angeles. Weiland, the former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died. He was 48. The singer's manager confirmed the death to The Associated Press early Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Duff McKagan, Scott Weiland and Slash of Velvet Revolver (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Velvet Revolver performs at Fields of Rock 2005 at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland. June 25, 2005. Credit: Sven Hoogerhuis / All Access / MediaPunch Inc. ***NO BENELUX TERRITORIES***/IPX
Duff McKagan, Scott Weiland and Slash of Velvet Revolver (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
After greeting each other, Scott Weiland, left, lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, and Duff McKagan, Guns N' Roses bass player, leave the Los Angeles County Courthouse in Burbank. Calif., Monday, June 2, 2003, after Weiland pleaded innocent during an arraignment on felony drug possession charges. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
In this photo released by the Hard Rock Cafe, Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, formerly of the Stone Temple Pilots, performs at the Hard Rock Cafe, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, in New York's Times Square during a grand opening celebration of the new flagship cafe. (AP Photo/Hard Rock Cafe, Diane Bondareff)
** FILE ** Singer Scott Weiland poses on the red carpet during the William Rast Fashion Show at the Social Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles, Calif., in this Oct. 17, 2006, file photo. Weiland was arrested for driving under the influence of a drug after he crashed his car, but his publicist says it was a minor accident and denies the allegations. The Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer was driving on a state highway on Nov. 21 when he had the accident. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
Scott Weiland, left, and Slash are seen backstage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo, left, Scott Weiland, center, and Dean DeLeo perform at a special private concert in Los Angeles, Monday, April 7, 2008. The band announced that they will be reuniting and will launch their first national tour in almost eight years. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - MAY 3, 2015: Scott Weiland performs at the Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 3, 2015. © Brian Hineline/Retna Ltd. /MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Scott Weiland performs songs from his Christmas album 'Most Wonderful Time of the Year' at the City Winery on December 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots performs as part of the Aftershock Music Festival at Discovery Park on September 23, 2012 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Scott Weiland performs at Revolution Live on August 24, 2013 in Ft Lauderdale ,Florida (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Singer Scott Weiland and Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation Scott Goldman attend An Evening With Scott Weiland at The GRAMMY Museum on October 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 14: Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts perform at Hard Rock Cafe - Detroit on November 14, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
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A California native, Weiland formed the band Stone Temple Pilots with brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo and saw huge commercial success in the 1990s. In 1993, the band's debut album Core peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 followed by an even bigger achievement a year later in 1994, when STP released the No. 1 album Purple, which contained several radio hits including the songs "Big Empty," "Vasoline" and "Interstate Love Song."

The band would eventually land 11 top 10 hits on the Alternative Songs chart, including the three-week No. 1 "Between the Lines" in 2010. "Interstate Love Song" led the Mainstream Rock Songs chart for 15 weeks.

Featuring Weiland's distinctive lower register singing style, a sort of growl that grew ever more popular in the post-grunge years, STP went on to sell 13.5 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, but infighting eventually drove the members apart. The band took the first of several hiatuses just a few years after reaching their apex of their popularity, during which Weiland participated in several side projects.

Stone Temple Pilots would carry on in various incarnation in the coming years. Most recently, the group recruited Linkin Park singer Chester Pennington to handle frontman duties. He announced his exit from the group on Nov. 9.

In 2002, Weiland joined former Guns N' Roses members Slash (guitars), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) in a supergroup called Velvet Revolver. They released an album called Contraband in June 2004 and another in 2007 called Libertad, the last to feature Weiland on vocals. Combined, they sold 2.4 million units.

By then, Weiland had weathered several public run-ins with the law, mostly due to drug use and driving under the influence. In 1995, the singer was convicted of buying crack cocaine and sentenced to probation. In 2003 and 2007 Weiland was arrested for D.U.I. Heroin was also a drug of choice for Weiland, who had check into a rehabilitation facility but did not finish the program, according to reports around 2007.

Tributes to the late singer have been pouring in from all over the music world. Former MTV VJ and longtime radio personality Matt Pinfield wrote on Facebook "I am speechless ... and sad at the loss of my friend, and although many of you are probably not surprised, it doesn't make it any easier. Addiction sucks. I will miss you Scott."

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