Scott Weiland, who rose to fame in the 90s with Stone Temple Pilots, has died. His wife, Jamie Weiland, a photographer, confirmed his death to the L.A. Times;
“I can’t deal with this right now. It’s true.”
Weiland met Jamie in 2011, when she photographed one of his music video shoots. They married in June 2013. A statement on Weiland’s Facebook page posted around 10 p.m. said Weiland had “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minn.”
“At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
Weiland’s latest band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, had been scheduled to perform Thursday evening in Minnesota. This is the second death to hit the band this year. Guitarist Jeremy Brown died of multiple-drug intoxication March 30. Brown’s death came the day before the band released its debut album. He was 34.
Weiland was born Scott Kline in Santa Cruz on Oct. 27, 1967. At the age of 2, his parents divorced and he later adopted the last name Weiland when his mother remarried and the family moved to a suburb of Cleveland.
“I used to feel guilty about my success, but I’m over that now. It’s like, hey, some people cook for a living and some people milk cows. I write songs.”
After Weiland left STP, he teamed with former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to form Velvet Revolver. He struggled to keep his addictions at bay, though, and was in and out of rehab. He left Velvet Revolver in 2008.
(via L.A. Times)