Scott Weiland, a performer known for his grunge rock voice and struggles with addiction, has died, according to his wife, Jamie.
Weiland, 48, was the Grammy-winning frontman for a string of prominent rock bands, most notably Stone Temple Pilots.
Jamie Weiland, a photographer, confirmed the news of his death to The Times in a brief conversation.
“I can’t deal with this right now,” she said, sobbing. “It’s true.”
The couple met in 2011, when she photographed one of his music video shoots. They married in June 2013.
A statement on Weiland’s Facebook page posted at 10 p.m. said Weiland had “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota.”
“At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected,” the statement said.
Reports of Weiland’s death began to circulate after fellow rocker Dave Navarro tweeted: “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.”
That tweet later appeared to have been removed.
Weiland’s manager, Tom Vitorino, also confirmed that Weiland died Thursday. He did not provide further details.
Weiland’s latest band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, had been scheduled to perform Thursday evening in Minnesota. According to Medina Entertainment Center, the concert was canceled and refunds were to be issued. No reason was given for the cancellation.
Weiland’s death is the second to hit his band this year. Guitarist Jeremy Brown died of multiple drug intoxication March 30, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Brown’s death came the day before the band released its debut album. He was 34.
In a 1998 interview coinciding with the release of Weiland’s solo album “12 Bar Blues,” he told The Times that he had grown accustomed to the trappings of fame brought by Stone Temple Pilots.
“I used to feel guilty about my success, but I’m over that now,” Weiland said. “It’s like, hey, some people cook for a living and some people milk cows. I write songs.”
Weiland was born Scott Kline in Santa Cruz on Oct. 27, 1967. At the age of 2, his parents divorced. He adopted the last name Weiland when his mother remarried and the family moved to a suburb of Cleveland. His biological father, a soda truck driver, remained in California.
“My childhood was green pastures and bee stings, learning to play baseball and football, living in a nice house, waiting – always waiting – for the start of summer so I could go to California and see my dad,” he wrote in his 2011 memoir, “Not Dead & Not for Sale.”
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