Scott Weiland Dead: Rockers React
As previously reported, Weiland's body was discovered during a tour stop in Bloomington, Minn., where he'd traveled with his band the Wildabouts. A cause of death has yet to be determined, but local police have issued a statement assuring an ongoing investigation.
Weiland's death adds an unfortunate end to a troubled life and turbulent career that started promisingly but was repeatedly derailed by personal issues and conflicts with bandmates. Still, he managed an admirably prolific output over the years, releasing a string of bestselling albums with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver while managing a sporadic solo career that included 1998's 12 Bar Blues and 2008's Happy in Galoshes.
Although he continued to be dogged by reports of erratic behavior, this year's Blaster album, recorded with the Wildabouts, seemed to signal something of a creative rebirth for Weiland, who explained the impetus behind the LP by saying he wanted to make a "rock record." Sadly, Weiland's passing marks the second death to hit the lineup in 2015 — immediately prior to Blaster's release, guitarist Jeremy Brown suddenly died, the victim of a drug overdose.
Weiland is survived by his wife, Jamie, and two children from a previous marriage, as well as a musical legacy that touched millions — some of whom have shared their thoughts below.
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