While the circumstances surrounding his death have yet to be made clear, a statement on his official Facebook page says the musician “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts”.
News of Weiland’s death first broke via Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addition, who took to Twitter writing: “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.”
While that tweet has now been removed, Navaro has since returned to Twitter to implore fans to “Send your thoughts toward the family”. Many other musicians and music industry figures have followed suit, sending messages of condolences and heartfelt tributes to the late rock hero.
“RIP Scott Weiland,” was the simple message from Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner. “Extremely saddened to have read Scott Weiland passed. Such a gifted performer. My thoughts are with your loved ones,friends & fans,” wrote Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.
“Very sorry to hear about Scott Weiland. He was a captivating frontman who had a gift for writing great melodies. RIP,” said Myles Kennedy.
“Rock and Roll lost a soul tonight…#rip #scottweiland #yourmusicmovedme,” tweeted Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless. “Universe, please take care of him,” added Ryan Adams.
See a selection of tributes from the music world below. RIP Scott Weiland.
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RIP Scott Weiland
— Dave Kushner (@davekushner66) December 4, 2015
Sadly our production manager who worked for STP for a long time just confirmed …. So sad.
— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) December 4, 2015
Really sorry to hear about Scott Weiland.
— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) December 4, 2015
I remember playing a festival with Scott weiland when he was with velvet revolver. he looked frighteningly skinny. hard drugs, man. ach.
— Amanda Palmer is touring Australia and Aotearoa (@amandapalmer) December 4, 2015
R.I.P. Scott Weiland
— Papa Roach (@paparoach) December 4, 2015
Sad to hear about Scott Weiland passing. He was a once of a kind epic force onstage. thoughts are w his family #RIPScottWeiland
— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) December 4, 2015
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) December 4, 2015
Extremely saddened to have read Scott Weiland passed. Such a gifted performer. My thoughts are with your loved ones,friends & fans.
— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) December 4, 2015
Oh no Scott Weiland. I am very sad. So many moments spent listening to him sing in my headphones. Thoughts be with his Family and Friends.
— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) December 4, 2015
Those STP records kept me company over the years. Listening to Tiny Music right now and saying thanks for the songs. RIP Scott Weiland.
— John Gallagher, Jr. (@JohnGallagherJr) December 4, 2015
Rock n roll lost a legend tonight. RIP Scott Weiland
— Royal Teeth (@RoyalTeethMusic) December 4, 2015
— Taylor Momsen (@taylormomsen) December 4, 2015
Sad to hear about Scott's passing.I hope it wasn't drugs.The saddest part of the story is his kids and family being left behind. RIP
— xxıS ıʞʞıN (@NikkiSixx) December 4, 2015
RIP Scott Weiland
Universe, please take care of him. https://t.co/sNXVIPl2jA
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) December 4, 2015
We remember Scott Weiland. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/DQaGAsJMhy
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) December 4, 2015