Scott Richard Klein, best known by his stage name Scott Weiland, was found dead inside his tour bus late last night by his personal manager Tom Vitorino, according to initial reports from LA rock radio station KNAC. Weiland and his current band the Wildabouts were in Bloomington, Minnesota at the time, getting set to play a show at the Medina Ballroom (which has been cancelled). According to a statement released by the Bloomington Police Department, officers received a call about an “unresponsive adult male inside a recreational motor vehicle” and were dispatched around 8:22 PM; upon arrival, the officers determined that he was already deceased. The front man infamously battled with substance abuse for many years, but it is not clear if substances were a contributing factor in his death. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Weiland’s widow Jamie released a statement confirming her late husband’s death to the LA Times, saying “I can’t deal with this right now. It’s true.” Vitorino also commented but did not give any further details. A simple statement appeared along with a photo on his personal Facebook page that 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.” He leaves behind two children, Lucy and Noah, from a previous marriage.
Weiland was a Grammy award-winning artist, most notably remembered for his work with alt-rock/grunge band Stone Temple Pilots and later with super group side project Velvet Revolver which featured other top notch musicians like Slash and Duff McKagan. STP achieved mainstream success in the early nineties, releasing five studio albums together before separating in 2002. Velvet Revolver was formed during this time, and continued to record and tour as a band until 2008 when STP reunited, sparking several tours a new record in 2010. He was eventually removed from the band in 2013, and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington stepped in to fill the role until earlier this year. Weiland’s career and legacy has made a lasting impression on fans and musicians alike and he will be remembered for years to come. Many of the industry’s leading artists took to social media to express their condolences, including Nikki Sixx, Papa Roach, Dave Navarro, Joe Satriani, Myles Kennedy, Amy Lee, Tom Morello, Scott Ian, Black Veil Brides, Alice Cooper and many more.