A small quantity of cocaine was present in the tour bus bedroom where Scott Weiland was found dead, Bloomington, Minnesota police reported Friday. Detectives discovered the controlled substance after searching the tour bus where the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer, who had had a long complicated relationship with substance abuse, was found.
Police also discovered cocaine in the area of the tour bus that belonged to Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black and arrested the 47-year-old for alleged possession of a controlled substance. He is being held at the Bloomington Police Department pending charges. In addition to playing with the Wildabouts, Black’s LinkedIn page claims he is currently at manager at the Viper Room in L.A. and previously worked in web development for the Screen Actors Guild.
No further information about the cause of Weiland’s death was available at the time of the release.
News of the vocalist’s death broke late Thursday night when Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro posted that he felt “gutted” for the singer’s family in a since-deleted tweet. Weiland’s manager confirmed the singer’s death to Rolling Stone and an Instagram post from the singer’s account asked for privacy.
Weiland’s former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates penned a poignant open letter to him on Friday. “We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again,” they wrote. “It’s what made you who you were. Part of that gift was part of your curse.”
Similarly, his onetime Velvet Revolver bandmates also paid tribute in a joint post on bassist Duff McKagan’s Facebook page. “We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott and, even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him,” they wrote. “His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.”