Scott Weiland, the founding lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, an alternative band that rose to prominence in the 1990s, died in his sleep last week in Bloomington, Minnesota, while on tour with his band The Wildabouts. On Monday, Rolling Stone published a searing open letter written by Weiland’s ex-wife, Mary Forsberg. “December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died,” Forsberg wrote. “It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others.” Forsberg, who split up with Weiland years ago, wrote the letter on behalf of the two children she had with the rocker: 15-year-old Noah and 13-year-old Lucy. She went on to detail how Weiland’s struggles with addiction basically turned him into an absentee father and implored fans of Weiland’s, and other musicians who face similar problems, to not glorify his demise. “What actually belongs in a hospital is now considered art,” Forsberg said of fans’ tendency to celebrate an artist’s “demons” after they’ve died. She spoke to how the reality of Weiland’s lifestyle impacted family life and left Noah and Lucy devoid of “normalcy” with their father. “Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad. They just kept hoping for a little effort,” she wrote, adding that this was the final step in their “long goodbye to Scott.”
Read the full letter at Rolling Stone.