The surviving current members of Stone Temple Pilots — Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, and Dean DeLeo — have given their first statement since the death of their former lead singer Scott Weiland, who passed away on Thursday at 48:
Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us.
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.
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 part of your curse.
With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.
All of our love and respect.
We will miss you brother,
Robert, Eric, Dean
Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner of Velvet Revolver — the supergroup Weiland fronted after he left STP — have also issued a statement on Facebook:
We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.
Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.
It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.
Rest In Peace Scott
Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave