Weiland passed away in his sleep on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to an official Instagram post. In addition to sharing the news of his death, it read, “At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
reported that Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota at around 9 p.m. Thursday night while touring with his current group the Wildabouts. The group was scheduled to perform at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota Thursday night.
Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro announced the news of Weiland’s passing in a since-deleted tweet shortly after midnight EST. “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died,” he wrote. “So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.”
Weiland’s Velvet Revolver bandmate, guitarist Dave Kushner, tweeted shortly after Navarro “RIP Scott Weiland.”
Weiland was born Scott Richard Kline on October 27th, 1967 in San Jose, California. His mother, Sharon Williams, and father, Kent Kline, divorced two years later. His stepfather, Dave Weiland, adopted him at age five. He moved with his family to Ohio for a number of years and returned to California with his family when he was 14.
He formed his first band at age 16 and, in the late Eighties, STP’s lineup came together with Dean DeLeo on guitar, his brother Robert on bass and drummer Eric Kretz, who performed under the name Mighty Joe Young. They changed their name to Stone Temple Pilots before the release of their 1992 debut, Core. Success came quickly to the San Diego band upon its release.
Stone Temple Pilots mixed brooding hard-rock with Weiland’s powerful, husky baritone in a way that struck a chord with the grunge generation.