He wasn’t country, but Scott Weiland’s death impacted artists across many genres.
48-year old Weiland, ex-frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots was found dead on December 3, 2015. The cause of the rocker's death remains unknown.
Weiland was found unresponsive on his tour bus in Minnesota, where he and his current band The Wildabouts were scheduled to perform at the Medina Ballroom, but the show was cancelled, according to TMZ.
Weiland, who battled heroin and cocaine addiction over the years, was best known as the fiery frontman of Southern California-based Stone Temple Pilots for twenty years.
Also referred to as “STP” by their fans, the band became one of the most popular rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s, particularly in the grunge scene. Their music still plays on alternative rock stations alongside ’90s acts like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.
But Weiland’s rock star ways often got him in trouble offstage.
“People have this misconception about me,” he said in an interview with USA Today in 2011. “OK, I struggled with heroin and cocaine and I was a big rock star. But music is not what defines me. I’m a brother, a father, a son.”
Members of the country music community have responded to the death of the rock icon via social media.
Wow. Stunned to hear about Scott Weiland. Gonna be a Stone Temple Pilots day for sure. #RIP