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Stone Temple Pilots Frontman Scott Weiland Dead At 48

Cause unknown but the singer had a history of substance abuse. 

Scott Weiland, best known as the frontman of the rock band Stone Temple Pilots, has passed away, according to a post on his Facebook page on Friday morning, December 4. He was 48 years old, and had a long history of substance abuse, although his cause of death is yet to be established. The Facebook post annoucing his death is as follows:

Weiland died while on tour with his band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts on a stop in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Bloomington, Minn. Police Department's statement, made at 11:15 p.m. PT, December 3, detailed the police responding to a report of an unresponsive male in a recreational motor vehicle at 8:22pm that same night. The police officers at the scene declared the adult male deceased, and although the adult male was not identified in the report, the address he was found at on Killebrew Drive, corresponded to the local Country Inn & Suites hotel where Weiland and his band were staying. Further updates are expected from the The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office who are investigating the death.

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts were scheduled to play in Reno, NV on December 18 and City Winery in Napa on December 19. He was also the frontman of the band Velvet Revolver, a supergroup formed in 2002 comprising of former Guns N' Roses members Slash (guitars), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums). However he was best know for the Stone Temple Pilots, a band formed with his brother Robert and Dean DeLeo, which had massive success in the '90s, with their debut album, Core, debuting at number 3 on the Billboard 200. There sophomore album, Purple, debuted at number 1 in 1994. The band's biggest hits included “Big Empty,” “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song.”

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