MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say a small amount of cocaine was discovered on Scott Weiland’s tour bus in Bloomington, where the singer was found dead outside a hotel near the Mall of America late Thursday night, and one of his bandmates has been arrested.
Investigators say they executed a search warrant on the bus and found a small amount of a substance that tested positive as cocaine in the bedroom where the 48-year-old singer’s body was discovered.
Police say they also found the drug in an area known to be occupied by one of Weiland’s bandmates in The Wildabouts — Thomas Delton Black, 47, or “Tommy Black,” as he’s listed on the band’s Facebook page. Black was booked and is currently being held at the Bloomington Police Department, pending charges for possession of a controlled substance.
Police say wouldn’t give any more information on the cause of Weiland’s death, saying that information would be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner at a later time.
Weiland was best known as the lead singer and a founding member of the popular grunge rock band Stone Temple Pilots. He was also the lead singer in the hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver.
For fans of Weiland’s music, his death comes as a tragedy but not entirely a shock. The Grammy-winner had a very public battle with drug addiction.
“It’s just sad,” Ben Hribar, from Minneapolis, said. “Especially coming back from hearing Stone Temple Pilots growing up and knowing the struggles Scott Weiland had.”
The band had a show scheduled in Rochester Friday evening.