Weiland couldn’t shake his tumultuous past with drug abuse
The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died of an accidental overdose this past December after relapsing on drugs after a brief period of sobriety.
According to medical examiners Weiland had a toxic mix of cocaine, ethanol, and ecstasy in his system. It was believed that his checkered history with substance abuse and bouts with cardiovascular disease and asthma also played a decisive role in his passing.
The singer died on Dec. 3 onboard his bus while touring with his fellow band members for his most recent project since leaving Velvet Revolver the Wildabouts. Police found cocaine on the bus and arrested bassist Tommy Black before releasing him after an initial investigation.
In the wake of the tragedy, Weiland’s ex-wife Mary Weiland wrote a scathing letter that was published in Rolling Stone magazine that implored fans of Weiland to not romanticize his death as so often happens in these kind of situations with rock stars.
“I won’t say he can rest now, or that he’s in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on,” she wrote. “We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated that he chose to give up.”
Weiland had a turbulent track record with drug abuse that harkened back to his days as the lead singer with the Stone Temple Pilots. He was charged in 1995 for possession of crack cocaine and heroin, that ultimately resulted in a brief stay at rehab. A year later he relapsed and again found himself in rehab, which marred a Stone Temple Pilots tour at the time.
In 1998 he found himself in hot water yet again with authorities after being arrested for heroin possession and then subsequently violating his probation spending a year in prison. Weiland eventually parted ways with Stone Temple Pilots and became the frontman for Velvet Revolver, comprising two former members of Guns N Roses Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. Weiland still suffered from addiction throughout his time with Velvet Revolver relapsing frequently.
It is sad that we have to see the same story replay itself over and over again in the entertainment industry. Scott Weiland seemed to be making progress and looked healthy and optimistic during his last interview only three days prior to his death. We hope his soul has finally found peace and wish nothing but the best for his friends and surviving family members. If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction get them the help and treatment they need.
Perhaps had someone intervened on behalf of Weiland sooner he would still be here and blessing the world with his musical talent. The tragedy is even more poignant considering it was reported that he was finally turning the bend with his addictions.