Autopsy: Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland overdosed on drugs, alcohol


Scott Weiland, the former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots, died after overdosing on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner found a mixture of cocaine, MDA (an amphetamine with similar properties to ecstasy) and alcohol in his body, following his death in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Dec. 3.

The rock star, who also formerly fronted Velvet Revolver, was found in his tour bus parked outside a hotel on Killebrew Drive on the morning of Dec. 4, having passed away in his sleep.

He was on tour with his newest band, The Wildabouts, who had a show scheduled at The Wicked Moose in Rochester, and another performance planned in Medina.

The medical examiner also listed cardiovascular disease, a history of asthma, and multi-substance dependence as "significant conditions" in his death, which it ruled an accident.

Weiland, a California native, was best known for his time as lead vocalist of the Stone Temple Pilots, whose 1993 album “Core” and 1994 record “Purple” launched the group to the top of the rock charts.

Weiland has a public history of reported drug abuse, with arrests for heroin and cocaine dating back to 1995, E Online said, with another arrest a few years later. He was convicted on DUI charges in 2003 and 2007, and returned to rehab in 2008, USA Today writes.

His ex-wife, Mary Forsberg Weiland, spoke out about substance abuse among musicians, telling Rolling Stone she doesn't want people to "glorify" his death.

"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 and roll and the demons that, by the way, don't have to come with it."

His death was mourned widely in the music world, with Alice Cooper, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, and The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Korgan among those paying tribute.

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