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Scott Weiland: A Photo History of His Wild Life

The hits, arrests and revamps of the gifted, troubled STP singer.

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Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots performs in Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheater October 1, 2000 at the Varoius Venues in Varoius Cities, (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)

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Scott Weiland, the troubled and gifted lead singer of alt-rock icons Stone Temple Pilots passed away last night at the age of 48. Here is a look back at a tumultuous lifetime of hits, arrests, restarts and indelible music.

Scott Weiland; Stone Temple Pilots; Life in Pics

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March 30th, 2015: Wildabouts Guitarist Dies One Day Before Release of Debut Album

Tragedy hit Scott Weiland and his new band the Wildabouts just a day before the release of their debut album, Blaster, when guitarist Jeremy Brown died from an overdose. "We received a call today about my friend Jeremy Brown that has shaken me to the core," Weiland said in a written statement. "We were all concerned this afternoon when Jeremy didn't show up for a long-scheduled rehearsal for tonight's album release show at School Night. An hour later, Jeremy's family called us to say that he had passed away. I am in shock right now; everyone that knows him is devastated." The tour carried on with a replacement guitarist, but it served as another example of the devastating impact hard drugs have had on Weiland and those around him.

Scott Weiland; Stone Temple Pilots; Life in Pics

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Singer Scott Weiland performs at An Evening With Scott Weiland at The GRAMMY Museum on October 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)


June 2nd, 2015: ‘Art of Anarchy’ Released

Weiland had some connection with the self-described "mega group" Art of Anarchy, featuring Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer — but soon distanced himself from the group. He had been paid to write and record vocals for the band's self-titled album, their first and only release, but stated that he wouldn't be touring with the band to the support the album. "I was paid to do it. But they were an unsigned band and they're still an unsigned band. Hey, they're gonna put it out on the Internet, and as fate will have it they don't even have a lead singer," he told in an interview. Weiland said he wanted to focus on his own project, the Wildabouts.

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April 28th, 2015: Weiland Offers Bizarre Performance with Wildabouts in Texas Sparking Rumors

Despite claiming sobriety, Weiland showed signs that suggested otherwise while on tour with the Wildabouts. During an April show in Corpus Christi, Texas at the Brewster Street Icehouse, Weiland offered a bizarre rendition of "Vasoline" that sparked rumors of drug abuse. "Alright, this is a new song. We just worked it out today," announced Weiland before going into an odd, uncharacteristically monotone version of the Stone Temple Pilots classic. Weiland's rep blamed the mishap on fatigue and a faulty earpiece. Weiland later commented on the event: "That show the other night where I didn't have any in-ears, so I couldn't hear myself, and people were saying I was back on drugs, which is absolutely not the case," the singer said. "It's been 13 years."

Scott Weiland; Stone Temple Pilots; Life in Pics

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 14: Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts perform at Hard Rock Cafe - Detroit on November 14, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

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December 3rd, 2015: Scott Weiland Passes Away

Weiland passed away in his sleep in Bloomington, Minnesota, on a Wildabouts tour stop. "We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate," Velvet Revolver posted on member Duff McKagan's Facebook. "We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt."

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