Scott Weiland Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots: Scott Weiland ‘You were Gifted Beyond Words’

Yesterday it was revealed that Former Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland had died aged just 48.

Weiland was in and out of Stone Temple Pilots through the years as he battled against his heroin addiction.

NME report that Weiland was found dead on his tour-bus and that local police were investigating the circumstances surrounding Weiland’s death.

News of Weiland’s death was announced on his Facebook page in a post that read:

“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.”

According to Rolling Stone Weiland’s former Stone Temple Pilots band-mates have released a touching and heartfelt “open letter” to Weiland.

Stone Temple Pilots’ Open Letter to Scott Weiland
Dear Scott,
Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us. 
Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories.
The memories are many, and they run deep for us. 
We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again. 
It’s what made you who you were.
You were gifted beyond words, Scott.
Part of that gift was part of your curse.
With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go. 
All of our love and respect.
We will miss you brother,
Robert, Eric, Dean

Stone Temple Pilots have been around since the late 1980’s  and were widely tipped as one of rock music’s hottest prospects.  Arguably Weiland’s addiction issues stopped Stone Temple Pilots reaching the height of their potential.

Weiland will be missed by many not just his former band-mates in Stone Temple Pilots.

 

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