Scott Weiland’s cause of death is yet to be officially determined, but police reports note that the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman died on a bus filled with hard drugs, sleeping pills, and prescription drugs.
Weiland was found dead last week on his tour bus. The 48-year-old was not breathing and may have suffered cardiac arrest, a report from the New York Daily News noted.
TMZ obtained the police report, filling in more details on the circumstances of Weiland’s death.
“TMZ obtained a copy of the search warrant Bloomington, MN cops got to search Weiland’s bus after his death — and it shows they found at least 2 bags of a white substance. They’ve already said that substance tested positive for cocaine.”
“Also on the bus — a generic version of Xanax, 2 different brands of sleeping pills, Buprenorphine… a synthetic opiate painkiller, and Viagra. There was also Ziprasidone… which is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Scott was diagnosed as bipolar in 2001.”
Weiland, who battled substance abuse during his life, died in what the report described as a “cornucopia of drugs.” Police said they found cocaine on the bus, including inside what was Weiland’s bedroom.
The cocaine discovery prompted police to arrest one of Weiland’s bandmates, 47-year-old Thomas Delton Black, NBC News reported.
While a cause of death has not been officially determined, Scott Weiland appeared to be a victim of the drug addiction that at times took over his life. In his 2011 memoir, Not Dead & Not For Sale, Weiland described the depths of his addiction as well as his desire to give up the drugs.
“I give it up and I don’t give it up. I put it down and I pick it up. But I’m also a tenacious recoverer. I never quit trying to quit. That counts for something,” he wrote.
In the book, Weiland said that he was able to give up his heroin addiction for a while after leaving Stone Temple Pilots and joining the supergroup Velvet Revolver. But he relapsed in 2008 while on tour, and insinuated that his bandmates, which included some former Guns N’ Roses members, were not sympathetic. He ultimately decided to go to rehab and was kicked out of the group.
Weiland reunite with Stone Temple Pilots in 2008, but the group broke up again in 2013. Shortly after Weiland’s death, the band released a statement on Facebook remembering Weiland for his contributions to the group and to the world of music.
“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.”
But others called for Weiland’s death to serve as an example of the destruction caused by drug addiction. Mary Forsberg Weiland, the mother of his teenage children — 15-year-old Noah and 13-year-old Lucy — wrote about his death, saying that December 3 was the day the pubic acknowledged his death, but that the children “lost their father years ago.”
— billboard (@billboard) December 9, 2015
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 8, 2015
In a story for Rolling Stone, she said that despite his many contributions and his “amazing talent, presence or ability to light up any stage with brilliant electricity,” his death should not be glorified. Mary said she tried to shield the children from their father’s downward spiral, and that she continued hoping he would find help even after they split up.
A formal cause of death for Scott Weiland could still be ways off, as toxicology reports are not expected for several more weeks.
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