Drugs Caused Scott Weiland’s Death

Addiction has claimed another great musician as the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed that Scott Weiland's death was indeed an overdose caused by a lethal combination of cocaine, alcohol and amphetamine MDA.
Nina Fenton
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The stages Scott Weiland would once slither down with a megaphone in hand while achingly singing the lyrics he wrote to reveal his long buried pain have been forever silenced. The release of his cause of death places the final period and closes yet another amazing chapter in music that he helped pen with other talented musicians like Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain and Shannon Moon, who succumbed to their internal battles far too soon.

Cause of Death Confirmed – Addiction Claims Another

Scott Weiland’s untimely death on December 3, 2015 was an overdose caused by a lethal mixture of drugs and alcohol, according to the official press release from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. The report revealed that Weiland’s became another tragic rock and roll causality due to “mixed drug toxicity: cocaine, ethanol and methlyenedioxyamphetamine (MDA). Other significant conditions are noted as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, history of asthma and multi-substance dependence. Manner of death is accident.”

The singer was traveling through Bloomington, Minnesota with his band the Wildabouts when he was found dead in a tour bus shortly before he was due to perform in Medina. Drugs were immediately suspected to be a large contributing factor to Weiland’s death thanks to his very lengthy and very public battles with substance abuse throughout his career as the front-man for iconic bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Speculation grew after a small bag of cocaine was found in his sleeping quarters on the tour bus and after band member, Tommy Black, was arrested for possession. Police also found Xanax, Viagra, unnamed sleeping pills and bipolar medication, however, none of these substances are said to have contributed to his death.

Left Behind

Weiland was only 48 and left behind his two children Noah and Lucy as well as his third wife, Jamie Wachtel.

His second wife and the mother of his children, Mary Forsberg Weiland, wrote a heart-wrenching open letter that was featured in Rolling Stone shortly after his death in the hopes of shedding some light on the pain Noah and Lucy are experiencing. The beginning of the letter read, “December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died. It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit and enjoyment of others. The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.”

Her letter continued to paint a picture of a tortured artist too overwhelmed by his demons to fulfill his duties as a father let alone to fight for himself or his sobriety. She wrote:

“This is the final step in our long goodbye to Scott. Even though I felt we had no other choice, maybe we never should have let him go. Or maybe these last few years of separation were his parting gift to us – the only way he could think to soften what he know would one day crush us deep into our souls. Over the last few years, I could hear his sadness and confusion when he’d call me late into the night, often crying about his inability to separate himself from negative people and bad choices. I won’t say he can rest now, or that he’s in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on. We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated he chose to give up.

Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad. They just kept hoping for a little effort. If you’re a parent not giving your best effort, all anyone asks is that you try just a little harder and don’t give up. Progress, not perfection, is what your children are praying for. Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it. Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it – use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.”

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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