Scott Weiland’s Bassist Won’t Be Charged for Possession
Tommy Black, the bandmate who was found with cocaine on the night of Scott Weiland's overdose, will not be charged. Police investigating the death of the late Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman apparently haven't been able to verify who owned the illegal substances found on their shared tour bus.
Black, a bassist with Weiland's new band the Wildabouts, was initially held in connection with a coke possession charge on Dec. 3, when Weiland was found dead in Bloomington, Minn. The cocaine was discovered on the bus near Weiland's body.
Bloomington Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley confirms that authorities there will release Black, just days after a medical examiner's report made clear that Weiland's heart stopped because he'd taken a lethal mixture of drugs. "(The narcotics) were found in a bunk and, obviously with several people residing on a bus, a number of people could have potentially possessed those narcotics," Hartley told People. "So, at the end of the day, we decided not to pursue charges against him."
Weiland was buried on Dec. 10 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with members of his former bands in attendance. Many of them have also written tributes to the late singer, who died at 48. Weiland's ex-wife, meanwhile, later penned an open letter documenting his struggles, asking fans not to "glorify this tragedy."
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