Scott Weiland is dead at 48.
While fans around the world are left saddened and stunned, no one could say they are surprised.
The talented frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver and others was almost as famous for his talent on stage as he was for his lifelong battle with drug addiction off stage. Weiland spent time in jail and rehab while battling his demons.
Weiland started his career in 1986 forming Mighty Joe Young with bassist Robert DeLeo. They would evolve into Stone Temple Pilots and release their debut album Core in 1992. Two years later the band followed it up with the massive hit Purple. The band and Scott Weiland would go through some on-and-off times over the next few years, with Weiland being plagued by his drug addictions.
In 2003, he joined friends and musicians Duff McKagan, Slash, Matt Sorum and David Kushner as the singer for Velvet Revolver. The band would last for 5 years but infighting and addictions would ultimately split the band up.
Over the rest of his career Weiland would reunite with STP and play with other musicians in ‘side projects’. At the time of his death, he was on tour with The Wildabouts.
Scott Weiland leaves behind his second wife Mary Forsberg and their two children Noah and Lucy.