Scott Weiland passed away earlier this month while on tour his with band, The Wildabouts. He was found dead on his tour bus just hours before the band was schedules to perform, and now the cause of death has been revealed.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner have issued a statement, according to E! News, that says the 48-year lead singer died of an accidental drug overdose.
“The above named individual died of mixed drug toxicity,” the statement reportedly reads. “Cocaine, ethanol and Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA).”
The statement also listed preexisting conditions as key contributors to Weiland’s death, including “Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, history of asthma and multi-substance dependence.”
Weiland died on December 3. He became a household name in the 90s as the lead singer of alternative band Stone Temple Pilots. When his alcohol and drug issues became too disruptive, he left the band and later resurfaced as the frontman of Velvet Revolver, made up of ex-Guns N Roses members.
His former STP bandmates issued a heartfelt public statement on the band’s official Facebook page:
Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us.
Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories.
The memories are many, and they run deep for us.
We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again.
It’s what made you who you were.
You were gifted beyond words, Scott.
Part of that gift was part of your curse.
With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.
All of our love and respect.
We will miss you brother,
Robert, Eric, Dean
Weiland’s ex-wife and mother of his two children, Mary Forsberg, also issued an open letter to his fans, urging them not “glorify this tragedy.” Part of that letter reads as follows:
“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. We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated that he chose to give up.”
“Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it. Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it—use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.”