Scott Weiland was pronounced dead on December 3, after being found unconscious in a bedroom on his tour bus. Friends and fans are grieving his tragic death and there is Twitter memorial for the late star.
Billboard reports that they obtained a copy of the search warrant Bloomington, Minnesota, police obtained to search Scott Weiland’s tour bus. A suspicious white substance was found on the bus.
“… unknown white substance packaged in baggies [was] located in the bedroom in plain view.”
The substance was later confirmed to be cocaine, and police also found a bag containing a “green leafy substance,” Viagra, painkillers, sleeping pills, and Ziprasidone (often used to treat bipolar disorder).
Even though Scott Weiland died just last Saturday, according to his children, Noah and Lucy, and their mother, Mary Forsberg Weiland, for them he actually died much earlier than that. In fact, according to a letter penned by Forsberg Weiland and the children, who are now in their teens, and published in Rolling Stone, he was lost to them years ago. The letter states this quite plainly.
“But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.”
— Variety (@Variety) December 8, 2015
The letter paid respect due to a talented musician, while calling attention to a truth in today’s society, that this is a society that glorifies artists who are breaking down due to mental illness.
“We don’t want to downplay Scott’s amazing talent, presence or his ability to light up any stage with brilliant electricity. So many people have been gracious enough to praise his gift. The music is here to stay. But at some point, someone needs to step up and point out that yes, this will happen again – because as a society we almost encourage it. We read awful show reviews, watch videos of artists falling down, unable to recall their lyrics streaming on a teleprompter just a few feet away. And then we click ‘add to cart’ because what actually belongs in a hospital is now considered art.”
Forsberg Weiland also makes it clear in the letter that it is about the children, about paying attention to them, giving them the time they need and deserve and making a difference in their lives.
“Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad. They just kept hoping for a little effort. If you’re a parent not giving your best effort, all anyone asks is that you try just a little harder and don’t give up. Progress, not perfection, is what your children are praying for. 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.”
— The Age (@theage) December 9, 2015
Alternative Nation reports that Joe Howard, a close friend of Scott Weiland, had lunch with him just prior to his death and responded to Forsberg Weiland’s open letter.
“Wow! It’s pretty funny that I sat at a lunch last week with Scott and Tommy Black and Scott was very upset at the fact that his ex moved the kids out if state and shut him out from them. He was upset and frustrated about it. We got into a ‘I miss my kids’ conversation and he was visually upset by this. So much that I had to change the topic.”
Clearly, Scott Weiland’s life was layered with complex issues. However, he was adored by his fans. Check out this video for the Stone Temple Pilots song, “Plush,” which was voted the No. 1 favorite by Rolling Stone readers.
R.I.P. Scott Weiland.
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