Thomas Delton Black, Bandmate Of Scott Weiland, Arrested For Cocaine Possession
Thomas Delton Black, a bandmate of former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, was arrested when police found cocaine in the tour bus bedroom where Weiland was found died Thursday night.
Weiland, 48, died in his sleep, shocking fans of the singer. He was going to perform with his current band, The Wildabouts, that night. While early reports stated he was found in a hotel, Bloomington, Minn., police said he was found on his tour bus.
While searching the bedroom where he died, police found a small amount of a substance they confirmed to be cocaine. Police say the cocaine was used by The Wildabouts bassist Thomas Delton Black.
Black, 47, was arrested and will be charged with possession of a controlled substance, police said.
A cause of death was not immediately released, but Weiland’s struggles with substance abuse were well-known throughout his career.
The Stone Temple Pilots broke up in 2003, reunited in 2008, and broke up for good in 2013. Weiland’s former bandmates Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz wrote on Facebook of their sorrow and sadness, saying “You were gifted beyond words, Scott. Part of that gift was part of your curse.” Tributes from the music world have been pouring in as well, including Dave Navarro, Nikki Sixx and Jack Osbourne.
After the Stone Temple Pilots broke up for the first time, Weiland toured with band Velvet Revolver, including Guns and Roses guitarist Slash. After he left Velvet Revolver, Weiland toured with Stone Temple Pilots for five years, before being fired by the band. Weiland focused on his solo career with The Wildabouts after that.
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