Scott Weiland died of an accidental overdose of cocaine, ethanol and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA). The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis, near where the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman died, confirmed the news Friday. The office also noted Weiland’s atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, history of asthma and multi-substance dependence.
The singer was found dead on December 3rd after passing away in his sleep on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota. He had been on the road with his new backing band the Wildabouts and was scheduled to play the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota that day but the show was canceled that day.
The day after his death, Bloomington police revealed that they had discovered a small quantity of cocaine in the tour bus bedroom where Weiland’s body was found. The vocalist had a long, public problem with addiction. Authorities also reported that they’d arrested Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black for allegedly possessing cocaine. He was released from jail a day later.
Mary Forsberg Weiland, the singer’s ex and mother of his two children, wrote an opinion piece for Rolling Stone the week after his death, urging fans to refrain from deifying him. “Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others,” she wrote. “Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock & 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.”