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Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland

Updated 1:11 PM ET, Fri December 18, 2015
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Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, died Thursday, December 3. His battle with drug addiction often overshadowed his music career. Weiland, here in 2001, was 48. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Weiland, center, rose to fame as Stone Temple Pilots' frontman. The band formed in Southern California in the late '80s and had success right out of the gate with "Core," its 1992 debut. Here, Weiland hangs out with Greg Graffin of Bad Religion, left, and Rob Zombie at the 1993 Rock for Choice benefit concert. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc/Getty Images
Weiland performs with Stone Temple Pilots in August 1993. The band came on the scene at the height of the grunge movement. The group's first two albums sold more than 10 million copies. JOHN LYNN KIRK/Redferns/Getty Images
In November 1993, the band was the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live." From left, Weiland, Nicole Kidman, Adam West, Christina Ricci and Jimmy Workman on the set of the November 20, 1993, episode. Raymond Bonar/NBC/Getty Images
STP had commercial success throughout the '90s with such albums as "Purple" and "Tiny Music ... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop." But the relationship between Weiland, center, and the rest of the band -- including brothers Robert DeLeo, left and Dean DeLeo -- was contentious due to Weiland's drug use and erratic behavior. "When you've got a person like this in your life, it's hard. You've been granted all the things in life you want to do, and when one person pulls the rug out from under you, it's the worst," Dean DeLeo told Rolling Stone in 1997. The group broke up in 2003, though it reunited for a time in 2008. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Weiland's next project was the supergroup Velvet Revolver, which included, from left, Dave Kushner, Weiland, Slash and Matt Sorum. The group won best rock song at the 2005 Grammys. It was Weiland's second Grammy; the first was in 1994 for the Stone Temple Pilots song "Push." Carlo Allegri/Getty Images
Weiland and Slash perform with Velvet Revolver in Las Vegas in September 2007. Weiland was the lead singer for the supergroup formed by former Guns N' Roses members. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Stone Temple Pilots reunited for a tour in 2008. Weiland performs here in West Hollywood, California. The group released a reunion album, "Stone Temple Pilots," in 2010, but the regrouping didn't hold; the band announced in 2013 that it had "terminated" Weiland. Charley Gallay/Getty Images
Weiland's struggles with addiction were well-known, and he laid out his problems in a raw 2011 memoir, "Not Dead & Not for Sale." The book included stories of Weiland being raped as an adolescent and his experiences with heroin. He speaks with TV personality Matt Pinfield about the book in New York in May 2011. Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic/FilmMagic
Weiland poses for a portrait during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January. He was found dead December 3 while on tour with his latest band, the Wildabouts. Larry Busacca/Getty Images