The remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots have issued a statement on the untimely passing of former frontman Scott Weiland. The singer was found dead on Thursday night (Dec. 3) in his tour bus prior to a scheduled performance.
Signed by guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz, the message is a letter addressed directly to Weiland, who died at the age of 48. “You were gifted beyond words, Scott,” the trio writes. “Part of that gift was part of your curse.”
The singer enjoyed two separate stints with STP: from 1989 to 2003, and 2008 to 2013. Weiland, who struggled with substance abuse throughout his career, was unceremoniously kicked out of the group two years ago, and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington went on to record and tour with the band.
Read the full statement below, and click here to peruse more rock artists’ outpouring of affection for Weiland.
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