Report: Scott Weiland Died From Cocaine, Alcohol, MDA

The Stone Temple Pilots singer was found dead on his tour bus earlier this month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 18, 2015 6:29 PM CST
Report: Scott Weiland Died From Cocaine, Alcohol, MDA
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2008 file photo, musician Scott Weiland poses before signing copies of his new CD, "Happy in Galoshes," in Los Angeles. Authorities say, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, that the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman died of a toxic mix of drugs, which included cocaine.    (Chris Pizzello)

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died of a toxic mix of drugs that included cocaine, according to a medical examiner's office in Minnesota, where he was found dead on his tour bus in early December. The medical examiner's office said Friday that the 48-year-old Weiland had cocaine, alcohol, and the amphetamine MDA—a drug similar to ecstasy—in his system. The medical examiner also noted a history of cardiovascular disease, asthma, and multi-substance dependence. Weiland's body was found on his tour bus in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington on Dec. 3. The report said the death was accidental. Weiland's three-decade career in music also included solo albums and a spot in the supergroup Velvet Revolver.

Weiland's current band, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, had been scheduled to play a show in Medina, Minnesota, on Dec. 3, but it had been canceled a week earlier due to poor ticket sales. Police said they found a small amount of cocaine in Weiland's bedroom and elsewhere on the tour bus, and briefly held a California man who was traveling with Weiland. But Bloomington Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley said authorities won't pursue a drug charge against the man because it would be too difficult to prove the drugs belonged to him. Weiland had a long string of drug- and alcohol-related arrests and stints in rehab. In 1995, he was arrested after deputies found him carrying crack and heroin. He pleaded guilty to felony heroin possession in 1998. And his arrests for drug possession and stints in rehab contributed to the Stone Temple Pilots' 2003 breakup. (More Scott Weiland stories.)

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