Scott Weiland Update

Members of Stone Temple Pilots have issued a statement regarding the death of the band’s former lead singer, Scott Weiland.  Meanwhile, police made one arrest after finding cocaine on the tour bus where Weiland’s body was found. 

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Stars & Stripes Festival, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights, Mich.

Weiland body was discovered in his bedroom onboard his tour bus last night shortly before the singer and his band, The Wildabouts, were scheduled to perform in Medina, Minn. The former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver was 48.

A statement posted at 10 p.m. last night on Weiland’s Facebook page said he had “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minn.”

Today police said they found “a small quantity” of cocaine in Weiland’s bedroom onboard the tour bus.  According to The Associated Press, police also found a small amount of cocaine elsewhere on the bus and made one arrest, but did not identify the person taken into custody.

However, TMZ reports the man arrested was guitarist Tommy Black, a member of Weiland’s Wildabouts backing band.  Black was booked for “5th degree felony possession of drugs,” according to TMZ.

Weiland’s cause of death has not yet been determined.  Citing audio communications between the Bloomington, Minn., Police Dept. and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department, TMZ reported that dispatchers “conveyed the musician appeared to have gone into cardiac arrest.”

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An unidentified man enters the tour bus of singer Scott Weiland in Bloomington, Minn.

As the music world morns Weiland’s passing, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots issued the following statement regarding the death of their former bandmate:

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