Ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland dead at 48

Scott Weiland, ex-frontman of the US rock band Stone Temple Pilots, has died at the age of 48.

The singer’s manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed his death on Thursday night.

A statement, on Instagram, said Weiland had “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts”.

According to TMZ , Weiland’s body was discovered on his tour bus outside a motel, near the venue where the band Weiland and the Wildabouts were due to play.

Weiland formed Grammy-winning grunge-era band Stone Temple Pilots, best known for the hits Plush and Interstate Love Song, and was later a member of Velvet Revolver, a supergroup consisting of three former members of Guns N’ Roses — Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum — and the guitarist Dave Kushner.

Weiland’s struggles with drug addiction were well documented.

He had said in interviews that he had been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

In 1995, he was arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine and heroin and entered a rehabilitation program. In 1996, he entered rehab again, forcing the band to cancel a tour supporting the album Tiny Music … Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop.

In 1997, the troubled rock star told Rolling Magazine, “It got to the point where I didn’t feel like I got a good enough rush unless I had one hand on the needle and one hand dialing 911.”

Two years later, he was sentenced to a year in prison for violating probation that resulted from a 1998 arrest for heroin possession.

Following the shock news of the singer’s death, celebrities have been paying tribute on social media.

Actress Juliette Lewis tweeted: “Sad to hear about Scott Weiland passing. He was a once of a kind epic force onstage. Thoughts are w[ith] his family.”

Rock band Wheatus, best known for the hit single Teenage Dirtbag, tweeted: “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.”