The former STP frontman was found on his tour bus this evening non-responsive. He was on tour with his band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts in Minnesota,when the band was supposed to be onstage. His crew searched for him and found him unconscious on the tour bus and could not be revived.
Weiland and his latest band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, are scheduled to tour this month with upcoming dates at Reno, NV on Dec. 18 and City Winery in Napa on Dec. 19.
The singer turned 48 on Oct. 27. Weiland long suffered from substance abuse issues.
A California native, Weiland formed the band Stone Temple Pilots with brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo and saw huge commercial success in the 1990s. In 1993, the band’s debut album Core peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 followed by an even bigger achievement a year later in 1994, when STP released the album Purple, which contained several radio hits including the songs “Big Empty,” “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song,” at it reached No. 1.
Featuring Weiland’s distinctive lower register singing style, a sort of growl that grew ever more popular in the post-grunge years, STP went on to sell millions of records, but infighting eventually drove the members apart. The band took the first of several hiatuses just a few years after reaching their apex of their popularity, during which Weiland participated in several side projects.