It’s Official: Scott Weiland Died of a Drug Overdose

When we heard that Scott Weiland died in the back of his tour bus on December 3, many suspected Scott’s past substance abuse issues somehow played a part. It’s now official. They did. The official coroner’s report blames the root cause of Scott’s death on “mixed drug toxicity.”

Thanks to Pamela Chelin in LA for forwarding the toxicology report.

Scott Weiland Toxicology report copy


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

7 thoughts on “It’s Official: Scott Weiland Died of a Drug Overdose

  • December 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

    What are the chances those trolls that called you a piece of shit 2 weeks back for suggesting Weiland’s death could be drug related because of his long history will apologize to you now?

  • December 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Keith — excellent point and i was thinking the same thing myself. With less kind language than you used, too…

    • August 16, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      I think you are amazing and really courageous to come out ( in a sense – I can’t recall what AA or any of the 12 step groups used to call it) and share your story in such a public venue.

      Further below is about me and I know everyone had short attention spans so I’m going to share something in the hopes someone will read it and reach out for help if they need it.

      There are these things called warm lines. They are by state typically (funding,) and they are pretty much the same as hot lines except for the fact that they are not for emergencies.

      If you search on your favourite search engine for your state (province?) and warm line you should get hits. I know they have these in the states. I found one in Vancouver, BC. If you can’t find one in your area, call any one of them. I can’t imagine anyone turning someone away if that person needs to talk.

      I come from a family of addicts, alcoholics and all around really messed up genes. I won the lottery on that one and have no addictions to illegal or legal substances save one. I don’t have an addictive personality. I am physically addicted to one of my medications and I would have never known had I not had one doctor who wanted me off it and I was having some cognitive problems at the time and didn’t understand her titration schedule and went too fast. I know intimately what withdrawal is like from my siblings and it still took me a week and a half for me to realise what was wrong with me. It scared me deeply. I would be completely off it by now barring a fairly recent family crisis. Unfortunately, it is one of the meds that I rely on to cope with that and I am already struggling. When I can get to the point where I can sleep and get through the day without falling apart, I’ll start going off it again. I knew when I started down this road that some of my meds would be for life but I didn’t sign up for physical addiicton.

      I hope your post reaches many people in nee

  • August 16, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Scott Weiland was a great musician, it’s a pity that he was faced with substance abuse, for this is a very important and difficult topic because this is what I myself faced. It was already very many years ago, but now I am completely done with this and am writing an essay about substance abuse, if you are interested, find more info about my papers I try to convey to people the information why they should never get involved with drugs and what it leads to. I hope that my work will save at least someone from such a terrible disaster as drugs, alcohol, and so on.

  • April 24, 2022 at 3:55 am

    his road that some of my meds would be for life but I didn’t sign up for physical addiicton.


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