A US medical examiner confirmed that the singer had a “toxic drug mix” in his system at the time of his death, including cocaine, alcohol and ecstasy.
As the BBC reports, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Weiland’s death an accidental overdose, also noting his history of heart disease, asthma and substance abuse.
The 48-year-old was found dead on his tour bus outside a Minneapolis hotel on December 3rd, while he was on the road with his band, The Wildabouts.
Police recovered a small amount of cocaine from the scene, while medical responders initially noted that Weiland appeared to have suffered a cardiac arrest.
Weiland’s fans are all too familiar with the singer’s ongoing battle with substance abuse, including his multiple drug arrests across the 1990’s and 2000’s.
Aussie fans may recall that Weiland’s post-STP band Velvet Revolver were forced to cancel their 2008 Australian tour after the singer relapsed and opted to return to rehab. Despite VR’s promise to make it up to fans, a replacement tour would never happen, with the group disbanding the following year.
Meantime, Weiland’s ex-wife Mary Forsberg Weiland has made a sobering plea not to glorify the tragedy of his death, and to start changing the way that we as a society view artists who suffer from addiction.
“Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others,” she said. “Let’s choose to make this 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.”
Tributes to the amazing talent that was Scott Weiland have continued to flow in from across the music world, from the likes of Chris Cornell, Corey Taylor, The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and more.
While it’s nothing short of tragic that in the end, Weiland lost his battle against the addictions that plagued him his whole career, we can only hope that history will remember him not for those flaws, but for his many iconic performances and incredible contributions to the world of music.
Scott Weiland truly was one of the most unique and influential voices to come out of the 90’s. Read our tribute to his life and legacy right here.
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