UPDATE #1**: Police audio recordings related to Scott Weiland’s death have been posted on the MNPoliceClips.com web site.
Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota.
Weiland’s wife, Jamie Weiland, confirmed his death to the Los Angeles Times, saying, “I can’t deal with this right now it’s true.” Weiland’s manager, Tom Vitorino, also confirmed that the singer died Thursday.
He said he learned of Weiland’s death from his tour manager.
A posting on Scott Weiland’s Facebook page reads: “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. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.” A few days ago, Weiland did an interview with Canada’s “The Todd Shapiro Show” w he gave a lot of one-word answers and barely cont responses.
He tweeted: “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.” That tweet later appeared to have been removed.
“I mean, I guess Keith Richards gets asked about , so why shouldn’t I? But it’s not something that I think about, ever. Those days of my dope abuse, and use, are long since by me.” Weiland was harshly criticized following several performances on his recent tour, with one review calling his performance “Sluggish” and another stating flat-out that the vocalist “Appears to have crashed and burned. Badly.” A fan-filmed April 28 video of “Vasoline” in Corpus Christi went viral, showing Weiland launching into a painfully out of tune and apathetic vocal performance that was called “Unacceptable” and “Heartbreaking” by fans on YouTube.
A rep for Weiland issued a statement explaining that Weiland was tired and had had a couple of drinks before the show, in addition to his earpiece audio issues.