Cause of Scott Weiland’s death in Bloomington under investigation.
Rock star Scott Weiland was found dead Thursday night in his tour bus in Bloomington, and a small amount of cocaine was nearby, authorities said Friday.
One of Weiland’s bandmates was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession, police said. The Hennepin County medical examiner, which confirmed the death, had not released the cause as of Friday night, and Bloomington police and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating. Detectives said the cocaine was in the bedroom of the tour bus where Weiland was found.
Best known for fronting the multiplatinum 1990s band Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland, 48, had been scheduled to perform at a club in Rochester on Friday. He was dead when officers arrived at his tour bus outside the Country Inn & Suites at the Mall of America.
Bloomington police arrested Thomas Delton Black, 47, of Studio City, Calif., a member of Weiland’s current band, the Wildabouts, on suspicion of having an additional small amount of cocaine. Black is being held by Bloomington police pending charges.
The initial 911 call came in as a possible deceased person. On the police scanner, police are heard saying it could be cardiac arrest. Police reiterated Friday that they aren’t yet releasing a cause of Weiland’s death.