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The ex-wife of former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, who died last week, is asking the world not to glorify the late rocker's death.
Mary Forsberg Weiland penned an open letter on RollingStone.com, with help from her teenage children with Weiland, 15-year-old Noah and 13-year-old Lucy, opening up about the family's longtime struggles.
"December 3, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died," she wrote. "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 or enjoyment of others... But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago."
Weiland, 48, died in his sleep last week while on tour with his band the Wildabouts.
Forsberg Weiland, a model who married the singer in 2000, added that while she doesn't want to "downplay Scott's amazing talent, presence or his ability to light up any stage with brilliant electricity," their family spent many years dealing with his "multiple illnesses." She wrote about her ex-husband missing child support payments, and neglecting their two children.
She encouraged adults to reach out to other children who don't have a father figure in their lives.
"Offer to accompany them to the father-daughter dance, or teach them to throw a football," Forsberg Weiland wrote.
"Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others," she added. "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."
Weiland's drug problems have been highly publicized, and Forsberg Weiland has been open about her own issues with addiction, and the couple's tumultuous relationship, chronicled in her 2009 memoir, "Fall to Pieces." The couple divorced in 2007.