Two weeks after his sudden passing at age 48, Scott Weiland's cause of death has been confirmed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. In a press release obtained by Us Weekly on Friday, December 18, the ME states that the Stone Temple Pilots frontman died of accidental "mixed drug toxicity."
According to the release, Weiland had evidence of cocaine, ethanol and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) in his system. The report also lists atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, a history of asthma and multisubstance dependence as "significant conditions."
Weiland's struggles with drug abuse were well-documented. In a letter published by Rolling Stone after his December 3 death, his ex-wife Mary Forsberg-Weiland detailed the effects of his addiction on their two children, Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13.
"The truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago," she wrote. "What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope."
She went on to note the disparity between Weiland's public persona and who he was behind closed doors. "You might ask, 'How were we to know? We read that he loved spending time with his children and that he'd been drug-free for years!'" she shared. "In reality, what you didn't want to acknowledge was a paranoid man who couldn't remember his own lyrics and who was only photographed with his children a handful of times in 15 years of fatherhood."
"Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others," she concluded her letter. "Let's choose to make this the 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."
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