The sudden death of Scott Weiland, the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman who died in his sleep at age 48 Thursday, has hit fans and fellow musicians hard.
Just hours before he was found dead in his tour bus ahead of a show, Weiland posted photos of himself performing at the Reading Festival in Britain in 1993:
And also with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith in 1996:
Weiland had been expected to perform with his new band The Wildabouts on Thursday evening. The band posted a family Thanksgiving dinner portrait on Nov. 26:
Words of surprise and condolence have been emerging on social media from fans and friends, including this tweet from Krist Novoselic, whose own band (Nirvana) lost its frontman, Kurt Cobain, in 1994:
Dave Kushner performed with Weiland in their band Velvet Revolver:
Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction was one of the first to break the news, with a tweet that (Rolling Stone reported) read, "Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight." He deleted that and posted this later:
Other celebrities and fans continued to pour out memories and sympathy:
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