Scott Weiland dies aged 48: musicians react

Weiland performing live in 2013
Weiland performing live in 2013 (Image credit: Daniel DeSlover/ZUMA Press/Corbis)

Scott Weiland, former frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has been found dead on his tour bus aged 48.

The news was confirmed via an Instagram post, which stated the singer "passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts" on 3 December - Weiland was due to go on stage that evening.

Weiland was best known for his work with Stone Temple Pilots in the 90s, before fronting rock supergroup Velvet Revolver with former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.

Stone Temple Pilots regrouped with the frontman for 2010's self-titled album, before parting ways once more in 2013, after which Weiland returned to recording and touring with his solo band, The Wildabouts and contributing vocals to Art Of Anarchy.

The cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

A whole host of musicians, including former Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Dave Kushner, have posted tributes to Weiland across social media - a selection is posted below.

"Sad day. RIP Scott Weiland"

"RIP Scott Weiland"
Dave Kushner, Velvet Revolver

"Very sorry to hear about Scott Weiland. He was a captivating frontman who had a gift for writing great melodies. RIP"
Myles Kennedy

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Scott Weiland. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and fans at this tragic time."
Art Of Anarchy

"Really sorry to hear about Scott Weiland."
Krist Novoselic, Nirvana

"PEACE to the spirit of Scott Weiland."
William DuVall, Alice In Chains

"Sad to hear about Scott Weiland passing. He was a once of a kind epic force onstage. thoughts are w his family #RIPScottWeiland"
Juliette Lewis

"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"

"Very sad news, rest in peace #ScottWeiland #toosoon"
Travis Barker, Blink-182

"RIP Scott Weiland Universe, please take care of him."
Ryan Adams

"Extremely saddened to have read Scott Weiland passed. Such a gifted performer. My thoughts are with your loved ones,friends & fans."
Joe Perry, Aerosmith

"Rest in peace Scott Weiland.. You've been an inspiration.. we'll miss you."

"R.I.P. Scott Weiland"
Joe Satriani

"Sad to hear about Scott's passing.I hope it wasn't drugs.The saddest part of the story is his kids and family being left behind. RIP"
Nikki Sixx,Mötley Crüe

"Scott Weiland was just found dead on his tour bus :(. Very sad"
Tommy Lee, Mötley Crüe

"R.I.P. Scott Weiland"
Papa Roach

Chuck D

"Rock and Roll lost a soul tonight...#rip #scottweiland #yourmusicmovedme"
Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless

"RIP SCOTT Weiland. A the end. Deepest sympathies go to his family and the DeLeo Bros."
Lzzy Hale, Halestorm

"Really sad news about Scott Weiland."
Charlie Simpson

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