More info has surfaced on last week's news that Scott Weiland had passed away.Weiland was found dead in his tour bus. Weiland's immediate cause of death was cardiac arrest. Friends' concerns that he was doing crack were proven possible when cocaine was found near his bed by police investigating the scene, and eventually we learned he also had Xanex, sleeping pills, and opiates in his room as well.
Yesterday, Rolling Stone published a report that revealed other drugs found on the bus: the sedative Lunesta, anti-anxiety drug Klonopin, Viagra, sedative Dalmane, narcotic Buprenex and the antipsychotic Geodon. Meanwhile, the official affidavit notes it was Weiland's wife that asked one of his friends to check in on him after she was unable to get a hold of him via text. The friend found Weiland dead and called the cops on a possible overdose:
An affidavit also explained how authorities learned of Weiland's death. Bloomington Officer George Harms was assigned to the "follow-up investigation of a possible overdose" that occurred in a hotel parking lot at around 8:21 p.m. local time last Thursday. He found Weiland's body in the bus' bedroom.
The affidavit went on to say that Weiland's wife had alerted a friend that she had not been able to reach her husband. The friend checked on the singer in the bus bedroom and found him unresponsive and subsequently called 911. Weiland was pronounced dead at 8:37 p.m. "Located in the bedroom in plain view was an unknown white substance packaged in baggies," the affidavit reads. "The packaging is common with the way narcotics are packaged."
While Weiland's immediate cause of death was ruled to be cardiac arrest, we won't know the underlying reason for a few more weeks when the autopsy is finished.
Weiland's funeral was yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 10th at the Hollywood Forever Cemeter with members of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver attending the ceremony.
Nikki Sixx revealed the bus Weiland died on was the same bus he rented out for Motley Crue's tour:
“I remember the driver telling me that he was going to drive Scott, and I was thinking, ‘That’s cool.’ I said, ‘Say hi.’”
Continuing he added, “Scott took my bus, and was sleeping in the same bed I was sleeping in. And he was found dead on the bus. It’s so crazy to think how close we all are. I’m a recovering drug addict. We believe — he said — he was a recovering drug addict. It’s too close. And the hardest part is, after Scott’s body was removed from the bus, the band was driven back to their home on the bus. Because what are they going to do, walk home?” When rock stars think they’re more important than their fans, that’s when they get in trouble. That’s called ego. You get ego and drugs, and we’ve heard he was bipolar and unmedicated. He had to be so tortured. He had to be in so much pain.”
Meanwhile, Dave Mustaine recalled some early advice he gave Weiland before STP broke big:
The thing that I regret was at the end of the tour, I told him, I said, ‘Look, Scott, you’re gonna be huge. You’re gonna have money, you’re gonna have drugs, you’re gonna have pussy, and it’s gonna be everywhere.’ And I said, ‘If you do anything, stay away from heroin.’ And I probably should have said, ‘Do as much as you can,’ because he did the exact opposite.”
Mustaine added: “The sad thing is that anybody that knows Scott and that was around him was aware of what was going on. Just like the guy that was in Milli Vanilli, they took him out of rehab and put him on the road, and he wasn’t even done with the rehabilitation process. And he died.
“No song, no performance, no amount of money is worth a human life. And I think that the music industry suffered a tragic loss. But as much as the onus is on Scott for doing it, there are other people that are responsible for that.”
Weiland's toxicology report is expected in six to eight weeks.