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Medical examiner: Scott Weiland died from toxic mix of drugs

2015-12-21 09:57

Minneapolis — 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 Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said on 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 3 December. The report said the time of death was 20:27 and that the death was accidental.

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 led the Stone Temple Pilots to cancel tour dates and contributed to their 2003 breakup.

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