Scott Weiland's widow has paid tribute to the late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS on the seventh anniversary of his death.
On Saturday (December 3), photographer Jamie Wachtel Weiland took to her Instagram to share a photo of Scott, and she included the following message: "Seven years. Seven years since this beautiful soul departed and left so many who loved him behind. The most impossible man I've ever known. Impossible to understand his genius, the music and lyrics he created, how he touched so many with his incredible talent. Impossible to understand his knowledge of things that had nothing to do with music (I always told him, if the rockstar thing didn't work out, he could be an amazing American History professor). Impossibly hilarious. Impossibly full of love for his children, his parents, his friends, me, Wolfie, our dogs. Impossibly difficult and irrational at times - but what genius doesn't have their quirks? But most of all - he was impossible not to love. His indelible mark is planted on anyone who knew him, or knew of him - and I hope wherever he is, he feels a lot of love today - and everyday. #scottweiland #love".
Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in December 2015 at the age of 48 from a toxic mix of drugs and alcohol. The vocalist, who was on the road with his solo band THE WILDABOUTS, was also dealing with self-medication, estrangement from his children, financial difficulties and a steadily increasing drinking problem.
A January 2016 report from Billboard revealed that Scott was dealing with hepatitis C, mental illness and the knowledge that both his parents had cancer in the final months of his life. The article featured interviews with Scott's widow Jamie, his mother Sharon, his WILDABOUTS bandmates Tommy Black and Nick Maybury, tour manager Aaron Mohler and others.
Jamie said that Scott had been experiencing episodes of paranoia and mania caused by bipolar disorder.
She explained: "At one point, it was so bad I had to move out because he was unstable." Eventually they found a medication that leveled him out, with Jamie adding "For the last couple of years, he was doing pretty great."
In addition to STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, Scott fronted VELVET REVOLVER from 2004 through 2008. He rejoined STP in 2008 after a six-year hiatus, but was dismissed from the group in 2013 due to his erratic behavior.
More than six years ago, Jamie filed a claim against Scott's estate, saying he owed her $64,406. Jamie said she and Scott signed a prenuptial agreement before their 2013 wedding which provided that the musician would put $2,000 into a separate account each month that they were married, with a provision that the amount would increase by seven percent annually. But Jamie said Scott had only made two deposits by the time he died in December 2015.
TMZ said that the document was "cut and dried," stating "what was his before the marriage remained his, and vice versa." In addition, the agreement waived Jamie's right to spousal support.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Jamie Weiland's creditor's claim against the estate was denied in August 2019.
Mary Forsberg was Weiland's second wife and mother to his children, Noah and Lucy. His first marriage to Janina Castenada lasted from 1994 to 2000.
Forsberg posted a brutally candid letter about Scott at RollingStone.com following his death, writing that his children "lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd  was hope."
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