Twitter Tributes For Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland Paint The Picture Of A Musical Genius Gone Too Soon
Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland died Thursday night while on tour with his band, The Wildabouts. According to Billboard, police reports indicate that Weiland was found unresponsive on his tour bus around 8:30 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene. The news was then confirmed by posts to Weiland’s Facebook and Instagram pages, which also requested privacy for his family following the loss. Weiland, 48, had a long history of substance abuse issues which included multiple DUI arrests, and a failed rehab stint in 2007. Weiland’s New York Times obituary notes that he leaves behind his two children, Noah and Lucy, as well as his wife, photographer Jamie Wachtel.
Despite Weiland’s continued personal trouble, the super talented rocker was much loved by his legion of dedicated fans, including many famous musicians. News of his death was actually first posted to Twitter by Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, in a since-deleted tweet that read, "Our friend Scott Weiland has died." Since then, fans have posted their own tweets sending their condolences and expressing their shock and sadness at the news, and also sharing stories of the way Weiland’s music affected them over the years.
Its not my loss, its our loss. Send your thoughts toward the family! https://t.co/Ojv1QYABmg— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) December 4, 2015
Extremely saddened to have read Scott Weiland passed. Such a gifted performer. My thoughts are with your loved ones,friends & fans.— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) December 4, 2015
we opened for @STPBand in 2000. I watched them side stage & Scott Weiland destroyed me, he was the real thing. Seeing him changed me 4 ever— wheatus (@wheatus) December 4, 2015
Scott Weiland was a Rock Star, embodying its best & worst traits. Great talent, voice & slinky showmanship behind the mic stand. RIP.— Jim Shearer (@JimShearer) December 4, 2015
Woke up early on our album release day to the sad news about Scott Weiland. We had a lot of fun singing along to STP in our van many times.— Punchline (@punchlion) December 4, 2015
Sad to hear about Scott Weiland. Sad to watch someone battle their demons so publicly and lose the fight.— Kenny Jervis (@kennycooks) December 4, 2015
So sad to hear about Scott Weiland passing away and he was an epic and amazing frontman! RIP Scott and your music will live on forever.— Chris Mollere (@cmollere) December 4, 2015
Rock n roll lost a legend tonight. RIP Scott Weiland— Royal Teeth (@RoyalTeethMusic) December 4, 2015
Even though Weiland struggled so publicly with his addictions, the news of his death was still shocking. For fans for whom Weiland's music meant so much, this is sure to be a big loss.
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