Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was found dead on December 3 in Bloomington, Minnesota. He was 48.
The news was (unintentionally) broken by rock legend Dave Navarro, who tweeted his condolences: “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight,” he wrote. Weiland is reported to have been found on his tour bus before a concert with his latest group, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.
His team has since released a comment on Facebook and Instagram: “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,” the message reads. “At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
The reaction online has been somber, to say the least, with many of Weiland’s fellow musicians sharing their condolences. “Woke up from a deep sleep in NY with too many messages on my phone. (I) don’t even know what to say. RIP Scott, you were one of the best,” wrote Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray lead singer and former bandmate of Weiland’s.
Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison tweeted, “In shock. Weiland. Not sure what happened but we just lost a good one. My love and thoughts are with his family and his colleagues.” Morrison also posted a video from 2006 in which the two collaborated.
The outpouring of sadness and support wasn’t limited to just those in the music industry, as many of Hollywood’s stars also offered their condolences. Celebs to comment on Weiland’s passing include Alyssa Milano, Billy Unger, Margaret Cho, Judd Apatow and Amanda de Cadenet.
With so many people showing sadness over the loss of Scott Weiland, it’s clear that he made a significant mark on those who listened to his music. He will be missed.