American rocker Scott Weiland dies aged 48

American rocker Scott Weiland has died at the age of 48. The singer, who enjoyed a career spanning three decades, was best known as the lead singer of successful rock band Stone Temple Pilots and supergroup Velvet Revolver.

A post on the musician's Facebook page broke the sad news, stating that he "passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts".

Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while...

Posted by Scott Weiland on Thursday, December 3, 2015

"At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected," the statement, alongside a picture of the rock star, concluded.

He and his current band the Wildabouts were scheduled to perform at the Medina Ballroom, but the show has now been cancelled.

The cause of death is unknown, but Scott had a history of suffering from substance abuse issues.

Scott leaves behind two children, Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13, and his wife Jamie Wachtel.

American rock star Scott Weiland has died at the age of 48

Guitarist and Jane's Addiction member Dave Navarro led tributes, saying he's "gutted" to hear of his friend's death. "Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight," he shared.

The rest of the industry came out in full force to mourn the loss of one of its most valued members. Ryan Adams tweeted a link to Stone Temple Pilots song Sour Girl, adding the caption: "RIP Scott Weiland "Universe, please take care of him (sic)."

Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx tweeted: "Sad to hear about Scott's passing. I hope it wasn't drugs. The saddest part of the story is his kids and family being left behind. RIP."

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic wrote: "Really sorry to hear about Scott Weiland," while Blink 182's Travis Barker tweeted: "Very sad news, rest in peace #ScottWeiland #toosoon (sic)."

Vanilla Ice posted: "Tell me it's not true - Scott Weiland found dead... Stone Temple pilots (sic)."

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