The bandmate arrested on a drug allegation in connection with the death of rocker Scott Weiland outside a Bloomington hotel has been released from jail as authorities continue their investigation.
Weiland, 48, was found dead Dec. 3 in his tour bus, and cocaine was located in the bedroom of the vehicle, authorities said.
This week, Weiland’s ex-wife wrote for Rolling Stone magazine an unvarnished view of him as a neglectful father to their two teenage children. She said he had battled paranoia for years and had trouble remembering lines to his own songs.
“Over the last few years, I could hear his sadness and confusion when he’d call me late into the night, often crying about his inability to separate himself from negative people and bad choices,” Mary Forsberg Weiland wrote.
Best known for fronting the multiplatinum 1990s band Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland had been scheduled to perform at a club in Rochester on Friday.
He was dead when officers arrived at the bus outside the Country Inn & Suites at the Mall of America.
Police arrested Thomas Delton Black, 47, of Studio City, Calif., a member of Weiland’s current band, the Wildabouts, on suspicion of having an additional small amount of cocaine.
Black was released from the Bloomington city jail on Friday afternoon “pending further investigation” into Weiland’s death, Deputy Police Chief Denis Otterness said Tuesday.
Otterness said his department is awaiting toxicology results from Weiland’s autopsy. “We could be looking at four to eight weeks” before the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office has details to release, the deputy chief added.
Weiland and the Wildabouts had been scheduled to perform Thursday night at the Medina Entertainment Center. However, that concert had been canceled because of slow ticket sales.
Weiland fronted the San Diego-launched Stone Temple Pilots, best known for the hits “Plush” and “Interstate Love Song.” Stone Temple Pilots would go on to be one of the bestselling rock acts of the mid-1990s.
The band’s debut album, “Core,” eventually sold 8 million U.S. copies.
In Rolling Stone, Forsberg Weiland said that even after their separation, “I spent countless hours trying to calm his paranoid fits, pushing him into the shower and filling him with coffee, just so that I could drop him into the audience at Noah’s talent show or Lucy’s musical. … Spending so many years immersed in Scott’s multiple illnesses led me to my own depression.”