Update: Reports claim that Weiland died in his sleep of cardiac arrest.
Former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland died in his sleep while on tour with his band the Wildabouts. The singer was 48.
A statement on the singer’s Instagram has been posted:
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.
Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro tweeted the following at 12:01 EST:
Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight. — Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) December 4, 2015
Weiland was best-known for a long string of rock radio-dominating hit singles such as “Plush,” “Vasoline,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Lady Picture Show,” and “Sour Girl” during his STP tenure, as well as Velvet Revolver’s “Slither,” which won the 2005 Grammy award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Most recently, the post-grunge demigod sang in Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, who had scheduled tour dates this month. Despite Stone Temple Pilots being one of the most successful alternative rock bands of all time — selling eight million copies of their 1992 debut album Core and hitting number-one on the Billboard Top 200 with 1994’s follow-up Purple — Weiland’s longtime personal struggles with substance abuse have been well-documented throughout his career.
In a strange but warm twist, ’90s indie vanguards Pavement have also paid tribute to Weiland on their Facebook page with a post reading: “Rest peacefully Scott Weiland. In no way shape or form did we ever want to add to your misery.” This is a reference to their 1994 song “Range Life,” which obliquely described as Stone Temple Pilots as “elegant bachelors” and more explicitly trashed the Smashing Pumpkins (“I don’t understand what they mean / And I could really give a f**k”).