Scott Weiland’s Family, Friends & Bandmates Discuss His Final Days

Billboard have up a new piece on Scott Weiland’s final days, and months. The article reveals that Scott had hepatitis C, struggled with mental illness and antipsychotic medication, and he found out his parents had cancer this year (leading to him breaking down and crying before a soundcheck in San Diego a few months ago).

It is also mentioned in Billboard’s article that Scott’s children did not attend his funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. What Billboard didn’t mention though is that Scott’s children had their own private memorial for Scott, where they learned about who Scott was growing up from his oldest friends, and sent him off to Heaven in a way that honored his Catholic faith.

In Billboard’s article, Scott’s widow Jamie, mother Sharon, bandmates Tommy Black and Nick Maybury, tour manager Aaron Mohler, and more remember the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman.

“His body had ­suffered an enormous amount of abuse; that’s no secret. But he was not done,” says Jamie. “The notion that we’re not supposed to ‘glamorize him’ [because he did drugs]? F– that. He’s an icon.” He also was human. “He f–ed up. We all f– up. You know?”

Scott’s last text to Jamie was on the morning of December 3rd, “I’m so in love with my beautiful wife.”

“A lot of times I’ve seen Scott do coke so he could drink more,” says tour manager Aaron Mohler. “If I had known he was going to die, I would have taken every bottle away from him and thrown it. Just broke it right there.”

Tommy Black fled to a TGI Friday’s when he learned of Weiland’s death. “I had a bunch of shots,” he admits. He drank so much so quickly, he soon had to be carried out. “I was just bewildered and really upset. I lost my best friend.”

Jamie also discussed the legal battle with Weiland’s ex-wife Mary over his estate.

“I don’t know under what mattress she thinks she’s going to find $2 million, because it sure as shit isn’t here,” says Jamie. Public records show more than $147,000 in state tax liens on Weiland’s property. “He was broke.”

  • — J —

    “A lot of times I’ve seen Scott do coke so he could drink more,” says tour manager Aaron Mohler.

    What a shitty tour manager.

  • Philippe Gaudet

    I thought Scott had become an atheist towards the end of his life.

    • Corndog

      Clearly his mind was still working then.

    • Alternative Nation

      He did, but his family wanted to honor the beliefs Scott held for most of his life before his tragic final few years.

  • Jesusswept

    An article about another article. Copy + Paste much? Why not just post the article? or a link to the article?

    • Jimmy Intense

      Why not suck a dick with Scott Weiland?

      Oh wait…

  • Billy

    what a trainwreck of morons Scott surrounded himself with. Mohler, Jamie, Tommy, none of these ppl gave a shit that he was in trouble. I am disgusted.

    • Felonious Punk

      I think Jamie genuinely cared about him. She married him when he was broke and stuck by him until the end. And because he was broke, he had to tour constantly just to make ends’ meet, it sounds like. She couldn’t be there to monitor his every move. Well, maybe that was an option and Scott didn’t want her out on tour with him, I don’t know.

      But yea, I agree: it sounds like he was surrounded by some real lowlife individuals, which is typical of people who are at rock bottom. Such a waste.

      • Billy

        in the romantic sense yes, but it seems like everyone knew he was in trouble but it’s like “oh well he’s a soldier, he’s been doing it for years, he’s an icon”
        It seems they forgot he was still just human.

        • Felonious Punk

          Oh, for sure. That’s all anyone keeps saying: “He was a mess in his final years”, and yet nobody did shit for him. His band members were doing lines with him while his tour manager just let it happen because “I didn’t know he was going to die”

        • Thomas Burgert

          He’s not Keith Richards. I sometimes wonder if rockers who are heavy users look at Keith and think, “he can do it and see how old he is; I can do it.”

          • Billy

            Scott had musicians who he admired growing up just like we do, it just so happens he is one of those musicians as well. The dangerous rock star life is so easy to glamorize but each person is different and sometimes mimicking behaviors or actions completely backfires and you’re left chasing something you lost control of a long time ago.

            You are partially right tho that he is not Keith. I don’t think Keith is even Keith anymore, if he was a cat, i’d say he was on his 7th life, that hombre is a special case lol

          • Thomas Burgert

            Funny, in interviews Keith frequently uses the word “cat” alluding to other musicians he’s fond of; particularly old black blues influences.

          • Billy

            lol i didn’t know that, must be his feline-ness showing thru disguised as slang lol Kinda like the meow joke from the movie Supertroopers

          • dakotablue

            Yup, I have that issue with “former” addicts who talk to current junkies who are trying to stop. They may say all the right things, but the example is “hey, I did this for XX time and now I’m OK”–gives the message that you, too, can use for however long and still come out the other side. Counter-productive.

      • Anita Justus

        The only way you could know some of these private unwritten things,if they are true, is if you are a STALKER. That sound about right?

        • Jimmy Intense

          Please cite sources to back up your claims

          • Felonious Punk

            Lolololol I knew she wouldn’t come back. Somebody tell these one-visit-and-then-vanish posters that if they aren’t going to stand up for their own opinions and argument points, nobody is going to take them seriously the next time they pop their head up out of the hole.

        • Ann Anderson

          Guess what I know all of those things and am not a stalker. I do my research online of something that I am interested in. So get over it.

        • Felonious Punk

          Not true at all, actually.

          Brett, the site owner — you know, the guy you wish would ban me so you wouldn’t be forced to read my comments every day — has spoken with Jamie since Scott’s death and clued some of us REGULARS here on some of the sentiments she had for the guy.

          So yea, I can safely say that Jamie genuinely loved and cared about the guy even when he was at his nadir. I have no reason to think that the owner of Alt Nation, whom I respect, would lie about something like that.

          And speaking of stalkers, I’d say you qualify as more of a stalker here than I do. You’re the one who can’t seem to stop reading my posts and replying to them even though they’re sooooo baaaaaad. Does *that* sound about right?

          You fucking idiots who pop in once a month or so are an absolute riot, thinking I just come here to badmouth people for no reason. If you actually contributed something worthwhile to this site and came here routinely, you’d see that we have some pretty interesting discussions most weeks, form bonds with one another, and always back up our rants/thoughts/analysis with references and FACTS.

          You know, like Tommy Black telling an investigator he wasn’t surprised the guy he was freeloading off of and doing lines of coke with was dead, or Scott’s asswipe tour manager knowing Scott was destroying himself but doing nothing to stop the guy, even though he knows he should have.

    • Ann Anderson

      I also believe that Jamie genuinely loved Scott. She knew that he was ill and broke and it did not matter to her. She saw the beautiful old soul that he was. And he loved her so much. If nothing else that was the light that Scott had at the end of his life. Aaron Mohler should be ashamed of himself. If he had really cared for Scott he would have leveled with him and told him that he needed to go into treatment and found a way to make that possible. The STP and VR guys may have had their differences but they still loved Scott and would not have stood by, watched that and done nothing at all. Tommy has his own issues to deal with but I think that he didn’t know what else to do to help comfort and take care of Scott. He saw what Jeremy’s death did to him. But he should have talked to Jamie and let her know what was really going on out on the road. Scott loved Jamie and would have listened to her when she told him he needed to go into treatment. Tommy will be struggling himself to cope with the guilt.

      • Billy

        the secrets we keep always seem to be our undoings

    • Boris

      Picking on his widow is pretty low. What a MAN.

      • Billy

        anybody who is around someone that has addiction problems, knows full well about them, is aware that they are continuing to be self destructive, doesn’t fight tooth and nail to get them out of that environment doesn’t deserve my respect. I don’t care if that person was Scott’s mom,dad,6th cousin, the kid who sat 10 feet away from him at lunch time in elementary school.

        So no, it is not low to point out that Scott did not have a responsible group of people in his life. Scott is to blame for what happened but it sure doesn’t help when you are surrounded by people who turn a blind eye so as not to rock the boat.

        But the best part is your bit about gender. It matters not whether i am a man or a woman making these comments, these people are human beings who shouldn’t be given a free pass for their roles in this tragic downward spiral.

        You think Jamie had no idea that Scott was on like 10 different meds and that even if she was only aware of his drinking, wouldn’t put 2 and 2 together that mixing meds with alcohol is a big no-no, let alone the grocery list he was on?
        He was her husband, so yeah, she could have done more. It is kinda what she vowed to do when they got married right?

        You question my manhood when this has nothing to do with gender, got my popcorn ready for your what you got for me next lol

        • Ann Anderson

          I know that Jamie was aware of Scott’s prescription meds and the fact that he should not be drinking with them. Not to mention his hepatitis C. He promised her that he would “get it together” and she probably asked his bandmates to please help Scott to either drink much less. She was probably somewhat naive as he likely behaved much better when she joined him on tour here and there. Now of course she is going to be tormented. She and Scott were very much in love from everything I have read. But Scott was dealing with a lot of shit. His mom and dad both have cancer. And he worshiped his mom and they were very close. This just shattered him. Mary made it very difficult for him to see his children that he deeply loved. He was broke but was somehow still supposed to pay her $60,000 a month which is insane. And then she puts that often child support checks never arrived in the last year or whatever. Because he was fucking broke. He was not well enough to ever be doing a tour again truth be told. But what choice did the poor guy have ? He should have told Mary that he was too ill to tour and to waive the child support while he went into treatment, though he likely could not have afforded it. But his family gladly would have payed for it. His mom and step dad could have covered it. They had a pretty high income. He could have lived longer if this would have happened.

          • Billy

            she does seem very naive and if so, it would be very easy for Scott and/or the rest of the band to lie to her. That being said, Jeremy’s death,all the poor performances, poorly attended and reviewed shows, some things don’t add up.
            To my knowledge neither you or I have ever met Scott yet us “strangers” could see from miles away that the situation was critical. I don’t question the love or friendships that he had, but it just seems that he was let down by these same people. STP tried over a span of 3 decades to get this guy fixed up and had to eventually walk away from him. Those are tough choices and decisions which i myself have had to make when friends lose sight of reality.
            That’s the crux of my anger/frustration is that it was clear as day this guy was not well, yet everyone kept boarding the bus and heading to the next show. To me, this is failing someone you love.

            In a previous article i was dead on that Mary had a private ceremony with the kids, which was absolutely the right thing to do. People want to paint her the villain and i can’t say she is not deserving of some the slack she is getting, but i am as well a child of divorce and if she was given full custody then either Scott didn’t fight hard enough or a rational judge saw that he was not a fit parent.
            Is the amount of support money she was supposed to get a reasonable amount? No.
            Why was Scott broke tho? Because he let his career completely unravel and fall apart. Look at the article showing the stats about his final show. At $15 bucks a pop, he could only sell 500/1500 tix. You can be the most famous person in the world, but if you perform like shit, then attendance will reflect it.

            My belief is that if his management and bandmates had taken a hard stance and refused to tour with him, then he would be alone, with no options other than travelling on his own with an acoustic guitar. Then again, STP did that and Scott still found ppl to continue his spiral with, so maybe this was just all inevitable and he would have kept just finding other ppl to continue with.

  • Eric Simons

    Not that it changes anything… But It should be noted that Mary admitted in her autobiography that she made
    up the domestic violence thing against him to get him arrested because
    of drug use. He never actually hit her. In her own words. And it’s not
    true that Scott never thought that his drinking was a problem, in his
    own autobiography, he talked about his alcoholism but was supposedly 6
    months sober when it was written.

  • Felonious Punk

    “A lot of times I’ve seen Scott do coke so he could drink more,” says tour manager Aaron Mohler. “If I had known he was going to die, I would have taken every bottle away from him and thrown it. Just broke it right there.”

    Buuuuuut you didn’t and now he’s dead because of it. Thanks for nothing, asshole.

    • Anita Justus

      Why don’t you get a life. I’m so tired of your dribbling grade school posts. I can’t read any articles without you giving your 2 cents of an opinion. Or in your case 1 cent. Nobody murdered Scott but you blame every fucking person in the world for his death. . Get that through your tiny pea sized brain. Brett, can’t you ban this idiot?

      • Jimmy Intense

        Real clever profile name…did you pick it out all by yourself before launching your butthurt campaign against Felonious?

        I think any of us regular posters would sooner hear his opinions than from some jerk off that showed up to randomly provoke people

        • Boris

          ^ This one wants to be jusssssssst like Felonius. Isn’t that special?

          • Felonious Punk

            Talk about “special”…you can’t even spell my name correctly. FFS, how hard is it to spell a word that’s right in front of you?

          • Corndog

            No, that’s Jimmy. Special was banned for being a mouthy smart ass.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Hilarious…is that the best you could muster? Having someone’s back doesn’t mean that I want to be them. You delusional fuckwits are pretty damned special.

      • Billy

        comments are at the bottom of the page after the article is concluded. It is your choice to scroll down and read and participate in these convos

        • Felonious Punk

          Unbelievable stupidity populating these boards in just the first month of this year already. And not one regular who posts here on even a semi-frequent basis is guilty of it, either.

          • Corndog

            Hey! I resent that. I can be pretty damn stupid!

            Wait a second……

      • Boris

        He’s entertaining in a driveling, train wreck sort of way.

      • Felonious Punk

        So let me get this straight: the news articles come BEFORE the comments about the article, you can’t stand my sarcasm or opinions, and yet you obviously scroll down past the article to read my comments and then take the time to give me YOUR two cents — or one cent, or whatever — and expect me to care?

        HAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        You lurker idiots who just pop up out of nowhere trying to insult me are beyond dumb. If what I post bothers you so much, why are you reading or caring in the first place. And I’m the one who’s supposed to get a life here?

        • Nikki

          What an odd meme to use. How on earth is gender relevant to this conversation?

          • Felonious Punk

            Anita — a female — showed up criticizing me and making no sense whatsoever. Her entire argument was DOA because she claimed she couldn’t read an article without enduring my posts, which she finds unfavorable. But that’s bullshit because the articles come before the comments and she’s reading and replying to the comments at her own volition.

            I posted the meme as a joke as a way of saying “women make no sense and it’s pointless trying to understand them”, knowing full well somebody would inevitably misconstrue it as a form of sexism (which its not), and miss the point entirely.

            In case you’re wondering, don’t worry. I love women. I have all their albums.

          • Nikki

            That is completely nonsensical.

          • Felonious Punk

            How so?

          • Felonious Punk

            Anita’s posts? Exactly. Hence why I posted the meme. I knew you’d see my side of it.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Women & Songs compilations!? Just when you think you know somebody online… 😉

          • Felonious Punk

            Unpredictable Punk 😀

          • D’Rox

            lol

      • Felonious Punk

        Also…you’re calling me into question for criticizing Scott’s tour manager for doing nothing to intervene when he knew Scott was getting wrecked on cocaine and alcohol during his tours. Which tells me you have zero clue what a tour manager is even supposed to do.

        So fuck YOU for being one of these “enablers” that didn’t hold Scott or the motley crew of lowlifes he surrounded himself with accountable for their actions.

      • Corndog

        I could ban him, but i’m not going to do that. Punky is a valued member of our little community here, but you, i don’t think i have ever seen you before. Maybe if you stick to commenting on the articles, instead of the other posters, you’ll be valued one day too…

        No one says we all have to get one, but if you don’t like Punkys posts then i respectfully suggest that you simply don’t read them.

    • dakotablue

      I have broken an alcoholic’s bottles and poured them out in front of him and it didn’t do a bit of good. But yeah, Mohler should have tried SOMETHING. Even if he didn’t personally care about the guy, Scott was at least his meal-ticket. Plus if he’d made some effort he wouldn’t be feeling guilty now.

  • Victor Charlie

    Getting kicked out of STP was the end for Scott.
    They were the only ones who ever told him no or even tried to for his own good.
    But sometimes I just think fuck, would it have been so hard to clean up a bit, stay with your multi-platinum selling cash cow annuity of a band and actually try to build back up some positive relationships with all the guys who cared about you back when you were an unknown schmuck.
    tour when you want to like royalty, make good money, put out a record here and there
    enjoy your new wife and watch your kids grow up with some professional and financial security heal your body up from all the abuse ?
    I mean .. what the fuck
    In the end I guess it really was just what Eric spoke of
    he was making choices and they were all going bad
    but it didn’t have to be this way

    • Raj

      He did make bad choices and I don’t think he could clean up because like Layne and Kurt these guys had childhood abandonment issues/lack of a father figure and other really deep problems they never got therapy for and if they did could never resolve them. It’s not an excuse but stuff that starts from childhood can never really heal but a lot learn to cope with it as adults. I guess they just kept going back to the drugs to escape their problems and didn’t care enough or couldn’t ever stay clean long enough to make clear choice. Their heads were really messed up.

      • Ann Anderson

        I do believe that he had gotten therapy over the years with all the trips to rehab , among other things. He had gotten pretty regular psychiatric care for his bipolar disorder along with his other mental issues including multi-substance addiction and ADD.This included psychoanalysis and cognitive behavioral therapy.

      • Victor Charlie

        The issues are real indeed, including his stated abuse I agree, but I think you make as much of them as you allow yourself to.
        My parents split up when I was 8 and my father passed when I was 11 primarily from mental illness.
        I grew up without a father period, but I was fortunate enough to have good family around afterward. Scott did as well by the way.
        I turned out fine, have a great career as a doc in OH and while there were always ups and downs I never allowed myself to blame my prior circumstances because I knew I would succeed in spite of them.
        Scott was that way too. He was very smart ,very driven and nothing was going to stop him from making it. That was why I always felt more connected to him than almost anyone else in rock music.
        He knew what he was doing, at all times , which is why I in the end I still find it all somewhat hard to process.
        I think if anything Scott didn’t want the pressures of growing into adulthood or fatherhood. He just wanted to avoid it all, work on his music and get high.
        Mental illness, addiction, abandonment or not at some point though you just have to get it together and grow up.
        Scott could have, he definitely had it in him.
        But he just didn’t want to .. and so now he’s dead.
        To the professional in me, not to mention the personal feelings about Scott and his music, that really sucks..

    • dakotablue

      Didn’t VR also try to save Scott from himself? Or at least Duff did, I think.

      • Ann Anderson

        Yes they all did but especially Duff and Dave as well.

      • Ann Anderson

        And the STP guys tried as well over the years.

      • Ann Anderson

        Duff took a personal interest in Scott and helped get him off heroin by arranging for him to learn martial arts as that was how he had successfully given up alcohol and cocaine. He took Scott , along with detox drugs and fresh healthy food up to his sensei’s remote cabin/home on the top of a mountain near Seattle. They stayed up there for over a month and Dave Kushner also went along. As Duff put it, he had the most sober time of all of them in VR. By the time they were done Scott was an ass kicking mountain man, super fit and healthy along with meditating before band practices and concerts. Scott stayed mostly clean and sober in later 2003 through part of 2007. All the other guys briefly relapsed in 2005 and Scott was there to lend support. So I believe that Duff helped protect Scott for a good 4 years which is pretty remarkable. Otherwise I think that he would have died earlier. He was a friend of Scott’s before Velvet Revolver and after. He has said ” I love the guy but I also feel sorry for him”

        • dakotablue

          So Scott was clean during the time the Fall to Pieces video was made? It shows Duff saving him from an OD, which could be related to this story, but in the live band footage Scott looks skeletal, like he was still using.

          • Ann Anderson

            At the time of the video, Scott was newly clean, having beat his heroin addiction with the help of the VR guys and Duff in particular. Duff and Dave took Scott up to a very remote mountain in Washington state with a sensei, his girlfriend and a bag of detox drugs for Scott which Duff injected him with on a schedule. Then they fixed fresh high nutrition yield food for him. After his detox and the worst of his withdrawal was over they began martial arts training and an intense physical regimen that they dubbed “man camp”. Kevin Kerslake worked with the band about how to tell the story of Duff (and Dave) saving Scott from heroin and a heroin overdose..So that loosely translated into the video. Mary has said that the overdose scenes were harrowing for she and Scott to relive but they did it.

  • Raj

    Way a sad way to go out, being broke touring small venues that pay little and being over medicated to a point where daily functioning is near impossible. Dumb tour manager, just let it go happen without saying mum so he can keep his job and keep making money.

  • Cowgirl

    I’ve read a lot of stories from different sites now. The thing that stands out to me is that so many people blame everyone around him, Deleo bros for not being brotherly enough off stage, Richard Patrick for former comments, Mary, Jamie, whoever. While it’s true that it’s disappointing that his current manager and band mates let him go on in an obvious sick state, it’s no ones fault. Scott wasn’t new to addiction or recovery and chose to stay out there.

    It’s not that I have no compassion for him and his many struggles, I do. It’s not that I don’t respect and appreciate the music he put out, I do. What makes people think he hadn’t been reached out to many, many times throughout all of the years he struggled? The addict has to want it more than they want to get high for recovery to stick.

    It’s mostly that I find it annoying that so many talked about what a train wreck he was for the last several years while he was alive, and now many blame everyone around him and make him a victim now that he’s dead. I talked about his poor choices before too, but I don’t think his dying absolves him from the responsibility of all those choices, or that anyone did this to him. I’ve read so many people talking about poor Scott for whatever reason since he died. Yes, poor Scott was not able to beat his demons. He was dealt a tough hand with his bipolar and other issues. It is VERY sad, but it’s an ending most saw coming through his life choices, and it shouldn’t be that surprising. No one could have made the ultimate difference but Scott himself. Maybe that’s what Mary meant by glamorizing it. Let’s not get so focused on his poor soul that we forget that he was the captain of his own ship, as we all are.

    RIP Scott.

    • Jimmy Intense

      [slow clap]

      • Cowgirl

        Whatever that means. It was just my opinion. You don’t have to agree with it and I’m fine with that.

        • Felonious Punk

          I think Jimmy is showing you some genuine respect for nailing it with that post, tbh. You eloquently stated what he and I and many others have stressed even before Scott’s death: in the end, the man was ultimately responsible for his own undoing. It just seems like he had quite a few willing participants to that cause in his final years.

        • Jimmy Intense

          Don’t have a cow, girl. It was a compliment.

          • Cowgirl

            I took it wrong then. Sorry.

          • Jimmy Intense

            No worries. Are you named after the Neil Young song Cowgirl in the Sand?

          • Cowgirl

            No, but that would have been a good reason. : )

    • Felonious Punk

      I think what upsets so many people is the fact that the people he was around in the last few years of his life were aware that it was happening and were just letting it happen with zero intervention or, even worse, aiding and abetting Scott’s vices.

      Like that tour manager…I can’t believe you would admit such errant negligence to a publication so candidly like that. “I was aware he was doing coke so he could drink more, he’d been doing it for years, but I’d have stopped it if I knew he was going to die because of it.” My heart sinks in my chest just reading that; how fucking dense can one person be? You’re his tour manager; it’s your JOB to make sure the moneymaker is taken care of.

      • Cowgirl

        A very good point.