In news that’s heartbreaking, yet not terribly surprising, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has died. The singer was found unresponsive in his tour bus last night at around 9:00. The singer was 48. TMZ reports that the singer was found in Minnesota shortly before his band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts was set to take the stage at the Medina Ballroom in Minnesota. It was later confirmed by his current wife, Jamie, the L.A. Times reported. The band had been on tour since October, and only had three more dates on their tour.
In the wake of Pearl Jam and Nirvana’s success, San Diego-based Stone Temple Pilots, originally called Mighty Joe Young, formed in 1992, reaching multi-platinum success with Core. Their sophomore album, Purple, was even more successful, but from the beginning of the band, Weiland struggled with drug abuse. The band went on hiatus following their third album, Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, in 1997. They reformed two years later, but after No. 4, Weiland joined Velvet Revolver with members of Guns N’ Roses. STP reformed one last time with Weiland, releasing a self-titled album in 2010 before the band split with Weiland in favor of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.
Weiland has had issues with substance abuse for years. In 1995, he was convicted of buying crack and sentenced to probation. He’d been arrested for DUIs in 2003 and 2007, and was a known heroin user. Earlier this year, the guitarist of his band, The Wildabouts, Jeremy Brown, died on the eve of the band’s record release. The following month, Weiland was panned by a critic for his show in Houston, and the band canceled a subsequent European tour. From all reports, this tour had been going relatively well. A since-deleted tweet from Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro was the first reporting of his passing, but it’s been since confirmed by his Facebook page.