Velvet Revolver Reacts to Scott Weiland's Death: "We Are Deeply Saddened"

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"It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective."

Duff McKagan posted a statement from Velvet Revolver on his Instagram, reacting to the news Scott Weiland, their former frontman, passed away at the age of 48.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland," reads the statement. "We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt."

Slash, McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner also sent their condolences to Weiland's children, Noah and Lucy. "We all traveled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids … and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day. It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective. Rest In Peace Scott."

Weiland and the former Guns N' Roses members came together in 2002, releasing an album called Contraband in June 2004 and one called Libertad in 2007.

Weiland "passed away in his sleep" while in Minnesota on a tour stop with his band The Wildabouts, his Facebook page confirmed Friday. The singer was also the former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots.

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