Scott Weiland's Cause Of Death: Accidental Overdose

By Shawn Dwyer 12/18/15

Weiland's history of poor health and substance abuse also played a role in his death.

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Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died of an accidental overdose, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner.

Weiland had a toxic mix of cocaine, ethanol, and ecstasy in his system. The medical examiner also determined that his history with cardiovascular disease, asthma, and years of substance abuse also played a role.

The singer died on Dec. 3 while on tour with his most recent band The Wildabouts while onboard his tour bus in Bloomington, Minn. Police later found cocaine on the bus and subsequently arrested bassist Tommy Black for drug possession. Black was later released.

In the aftermath, Weiland's former wife Mary Weiland wrote a brutally honest letter that was published in Rolling Stone magazine that pleaded with fans to not glorify her ex-husband's death due to his rock star status.

“I won't say he can rest now, or that he's in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on," she wrote. "We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated that he chose to give up.”

Weiland had a long history with substance abuse that dated back to his earliest days with the Stone Temple Pilots. He was arrested in 1995 for possession of crack cocaine and heroin, which led to a stint in rehab. The following year, he was back in rehab again, which cut short a Stone Temple Pilots tour.

In 1998, he was arrested again for heroin possession and spent a year in jail for violating his probation. Weiland moved on from the Stone Temple Pilots to Velvet Revolver, though his problems with substance abuse remained. He spent the next decade and a half battling his addiction in public and private.

Weiland is survived by his former wife Mary and their two children, Noah and Lucy. He was married to photographer Jamie Wachtel at the time of his death.

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