Medical examiner: Scott Weiland died of 'mixed drug toxicity'

- The Hennepin County medical examiner's office said Scott Weiland, former lead singer of the bands the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, died of "mixed drug toxicity" after he was found dead on Dec. 3 on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota outside of a hotel near the Mall of America.

The medical examiner's office cited cocaine, ethanol and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA)" and noted "atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, history of asthma and multi-substance dependence," in his death, which was labeled an accident.

Police recovered a small amount of cocaine from the room of the tour bus where Weiland was found, and arrested band mate Thomas Black for drug possession.

Weiland, 48, was in Minnesota on tour with his new band, the Wildabouts, who were scheduled to play Friday night in Rochester, Minn. The band had a previously scheduled show at the Medina Ballroom on Thursday night, but it was canceled due to a lack of ticket sales.

The Hennepin County medical examiner is still waiting for toxicology results to determine the official cause of death, but the initial call was for cardiac arrest. A report from the Hennepin County medical examiner listed the time of death as 8:27 p.m. and the location as the Country Inn & Suites at 2221 Killebrew Drive in Bloomington. No other details were released.

Black, 47, of Studio City, Calif., was placed under arrest for 5th degree possession of a controlled substance and was being held at Bloomington Police Department.

Stone Temple Pilots statement

Dear Scott,

Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us. Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories. The memories are many, and they run deep for us. 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. Part of that gift was part of your curse. With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.

All of our love and respect. We will miss you brother,

Robert, Eric, Dean

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