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Cocaine found on Scott Weiland's bus; former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates issue a statement

Cocaine found on Scott Weiland's bus; former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates issue a statement
Scott Weiland, former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots, is shown in 2008. The rocker was found dead Thursday while on tour with his new band, the Wildabouts, in Minnesota. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

A substance that tested positive as cocaine was found in the room on the bus in which former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland died Thursday while on tour in Minnesota, the Bloomington Police Department announced Friday.

"Detectives collected several items of evidence from inside the tour bus, [including] a small quantity of suspected controlled substance that field-tested positive as cocaine, in the bedroom where Mr. Weiland was located," the department's statement said.

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2:50 p.m.: An earlier version of this article said Scott Weiland died while on tour in Indiana. Weiland was found dead in Minnesota.
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"Detectives recovered an additional small quantity of suspected controlled substance that field-tested positive as cocaine, in the area of the tour bus known to be occupied by Thomas Delton Black, a traveling member of Weiland's party," the statement continued. Black, 47, of Studio City, was arrested and is being held by Bloomington police pending a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The police statement said no cause of death has been determined. Weiland's death at 48 is under investigation by Bloomington police and the Hennepin County medical examiner's office, which will be conducting an autopsy, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner told the Los Angeles Times. She gave no estimate Friday on how long that process will take.

Meanwhile, members of the rock band Stone Temple Pilots issued a statement through a spokeswoman on the death of their former lead singer, who had been on tour with his new band, the Wildabouts.

Here is the full text of the statement from Stone Temple Pilot band members Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz and Dean DeLeo:

Dear Scott,

Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us.

Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories.

The memories are many, and they run deep for us.

We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again.

It's what made you who you were.

You were gifted beyond words, Scott.

Part of that gift was part of your curse.

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With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.

All of our love and respect.

We will miss you brother,

Robert, Eric, Dean

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