Scott Weiland’s ex makes a wrenching point in letter urging us not to glorify …

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After rocker Scott Weiland’s death, ex-wife pleads: ‘Don’t glorify this tragedy’.

Mary Forsberg Weiland, the ex-wife of the late Stone Temple Pilots ex-frontman Scott Weiland and mother of his children, wrote an essay for Rolling Stone detailing the family’s response to his tragic death and offering an emotional glimpse into the flawed relationship he had with his two kids. 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. But at some point, someone needs to step up and point out that yes, this will happen again — because as a society we almost encourage” a sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll lifestyle. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago.” Forsberg Weiland, a model who married the singer in 2000, added that while she doesn’t want to “downplay Scott’s amazing talent, presence or his ability to light up any stage with brilliant electricity,” their family spent many years dealing with his “multiple illnesses.” She wrote about her ex-husband missing child support payments, and neglecting their two children. “Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others,” she added. “Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it.

Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it — use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.” Weiland’s drug problems have been highly publicized, and Forsberg Weiland has been open about her own issues with addiction, and the couple’s tumultuous relationship, chronicled in her 2009 memoir, “Fall to Pieces.” The couple divorced in 2007. And then we click ‘add to cart’ because what actually belongs in a hospital is now considered art.” As a model on the rise, Forsberg Weiland met Weiland when he was a struggling musician working as a driver. Scott Weiland, who died Thursday, Dec. 3, at age 48, “was a paranoid man who couldn’t remember his own lyrics and who was only photographed with his children a handful of times in 15 years of fatherhood,” she wrote in the lengthy missive, adding that even after the couple’s breakup, “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. 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. The pair had a tumultuous, headline-generating relationship over the years that included heroin, brawls, trashed luxury hotel suites, arrests and a 2007 incident where she infamously set fire to $80,000 of the singer’s clothes in the driveway of their California home. During the final years of his life, she recalls few interactions between him and the kids, but questions if those years of separation were somewhat of a parting gift. “The only way he could think to soften what he knew would one day crush us deep into our souls,” she writes. “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. But anything longer would often turn into something scary and uncomfortable for them.” Concluding that, “Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad. 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.

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