MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has commented on the passing of former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland, calling it a “Really sad” event and drawing parallels to his own life as a recovering drug addict.

‘ And the hardest part is, after Scott’s body was removed from the bus – and that’s a whole other thing I can’t even wrap my head around – the band was driven back to their home on the bus.

Scott’s exactly like Axl and we’re in hell.

I went and saw Slash and Duff and Matt in GUNS N’ ROSES and we waited and waited and waited and then Axl came out and probably did a great show.

‘ And then they’re, like, ‘We went and saw Slash and Duff and Matt, and we waited and waited and waited and then Scott walks out and it was a great show.

‘ And I think, to be honest with you, that’s what a lot of people got with Scott, was ‘You know, I like you and I like your music and stuff, but I’ve got a life.

“VELVET REVOLVER, they broke up, or Scott left, in April 2008. And then we go right to December 3rd, 2015. Scott Weiland dies in his sleep in a tour bus outside of a club. And it’s really sad. And I think we should say a prayer for [his] kids, to be honest with you.” Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on December 3 at the age of 48.

A small amount of cocaine was found on the bus and Tommy Black, bassist for Scott’s band THE WILDABOUTS, was arrested for possession.

Both of Scott’s former bands, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER, issued statements on his passing, while musicians and fans around the world have also posted tributes.