RIP Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver + The Wildabouts

Scott Weiland, the inimitable voice behind Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died at 48. His cause of death is still unconfirmed. According to an Instagram post by his account, Weiland died in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota with his band The Wildabouts. The group was scheduled to perform at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota, Thursday night.

Lithium (Ch. 34) host Matt Pinfield mourned the loss and celebrated the life of his friend today, along with fans and former Velvet Revolver bandmate Matt Sorum who called into the show.

The late rocker was born Scott Richard Kline on October 27, 1967 in California to Sharon Williams and Kent Kline, who divorced two years later. His stepfather, Dave Weiland, adopted him at age five.

Weiland formed his first band at age 16. He went on to form Stone Temple Pilots and front Velvet Revolver before moving on to his most recent band, The Wildabouts, who released the album Blaster earlier this year. His accolades include Grammy awards, a Best New Artist VMA, multi-platinum-selling albums and multiple chart-topping songs.

Despite his musical success, his personal life was fraught with tribulations, as he experienced sexual assault in his youth, battled with bipolar disorder and addiction and got in to legal trouble stemming from those issues.

Weiland is survived by his wife, Jamie Wachtel, and two children Noah and Lucy.

Take a look back at Octane host Grant Random’s Unleaded special with Weiland from a few months ago:

And watch his performance with the Wildabouts last March on The Howard Stern Show:

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