Stone Temple Pilots Write Emotional Open Letter to Scott Weiland: “You Were Gifted Beyond Words”

Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots during the 1993 MTV Movie Awards.
Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots during the 1993 MTV Movie Awards. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

In memoriam. Stone Temple Pilots have broken their silence on the death of their former lead singer, Scott Weiland, in an open letter posted on their website and Facebook page on Friday, Dec. 4.

“Dear Scott, let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us,” the touching letter began. “Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories. The memories are many, and they run deep for us.”

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Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots visit fuse Studios in 2010.
Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots visit fuse Studios in 2010. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

The band’s surviving members — guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz — continued, “We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again. It’s what made you who you were. You were gifted beyond words, Scott. Part of that gift was your curse.”

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Weiland died in his sleep Thursday, Dec. 3, while on tour with his band The Wildabouts. TMZ reported that the 48-year-old singer, who struggled with drug addiction throughout his career, died of cardiac arrest.

“With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go,” the bandmates wrote. “All of our love and respect. We will miss you brother.”

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