In sad news, Scott Weiland, frontman for Stone Temple Pilots, has died in Bloomington, Minnesota, his official Facebook page confirmed early Friday morning. He was 48. According to the account, Weiland died in his sleep while on tour with his band The Wildabouts. "At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected," the post said.
Weiland was best known for fronting Stone Temple Pilots for nearly three decades. Weiland formed STP with brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz in 1989. Together, they captured huge success releasing rock radio hits such as "Big Empty," "Plush," and "Interstate Love Song." When STP disbanded in 2003, Weiland hooked up with Velvet Revolver, which included former Guns 'N Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum as well as Wasted Youth's former guitarist Dave Kushner. Weiland reunited with STP in 2008, until he was eventually fired the group in 2013. Weiland was replaced by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
Weiland was known to struggle with substance abuse throughout his career. In 1995, he was convicted for buying crack cocaine, according to Billboard, and in 2003 and 2007, he was arrested for a DUI, the latter of which led to rehab.
But both fans and fellow rockers will remember him best for his grungy growl that cemented his place in many '90s kids' nostalgic memories. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.