Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus by his personal manager Thursday night (December 3). He was 48. While the cause of death is not yet confirmed, Weiland had struggled with substance abuse for many years.
He and his current band, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, was on tour and in Medina, Minnesota, Thursday night. They were scheduled to perform in Dallas, Texas, December 12; Napa, California, December 19; and Fresno, California, December 22.
Among the first to report the news was Jane's Addiction founder Dave Navarro, who tweeted the news just after midnight ET, Friday morning (December 4)
Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) December 4, 2015
Weiland rose to fame as the former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots. The band's 1992 debut, Core, included four major hits and their sophomore album, 1994's Purple, spawned three additional singles and sold more than six million copies. The band went on hiatus 1998 and Weiland performed with the surviving members of The Doors on the show VH1 Storytellers in November 2000, where he performed "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" and "Five to One."
In 2002, Weiland got together with several former members of Guns N' Roses -- Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum -- as well as former Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner and formed Velvet Revolver, and released two albums with the band before returning to Stone Temple Pilots in 2008 and embarking on a 73-date tour. The band remained together until 2013.
Since 2008, Weiland had also performed as a solo artist and with his new band, The Wildabouts, with whom he released an album in late-March 2015. Weiland was also announced as the singer of Art of Anarchy, a new band that was to include John Moyer, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Jon Votta, and Vince Votta, and a new album was scheduled to be released in Spring 2015; however, Weiland later left the project after claiming that he was brought in to work with the band in the studio, but was not part of the band.