Jeremy Brown, the guitarist for the band Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, has died at his home in Venice, the day before the band's debut album was set for release.
A cause of death for Brown, 34, has not been determined, his publicist, Diana Baron, said in an email to The Times. He died Monday and the band released its debut album, "Blaster," on Tuesday.
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10 a.m. April 3: This story incorrectly identified Jeremy Brown's wife as Cara Brown. Her name is actually spelled Kara Brown.
In a pair of statements posted to Facebook, Weiland, the former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots, grieved for his friend and dedicated the "Blaster" album to Brown.
"It breaks my heart that you are not here to receive the recognition you so deserved and worked so hard for," Weiland wrote Tuesday.
Weiland had also announced Brown's death on Facebook. He said the band grew concerned when Brown didn't show up for a rehearsal. Weiland's statement said, in part:
"I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I've ever known.... It's impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts.... Please keep his family in your thoughts."
Weiland and Brown met in 2008 while recording Weiland's solo album, "Happy in Galoshes" and have worked together ever since, Baron said.
In a review of a recent performance, Billboard magazine highlighted Brown's talent during a cover of a David Bowie song, saying that the "sharp extended rendition" allowed Brown "to play with tones both volcanic and cavernous."
Brown started playing guitar as an adolescent in Minnesota in 1992. After graduating from high school in Colorado, he headed to Los Angeles to pursue music.
Brown is survived by his wife, Cara Brown; sisters Ashley and Jamie Brown; and his mother, Brenda Bonura. He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers.