Days after the death of Stone Temple Pilots' former frontman, Scott Weiland, friends, family, and fans have spoken out about the late musician.
Even his wife Jamie Watchel talked about her late husband, insisting he didn't die from drug use.
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But now, the 48-year-old artist's ex-wife, Mary Fosberg Weiland, is telling her tale in a new letter written in Rolling Stone with the help of their two teenage kids, Noah, and Lucy.
"The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope."
The two were married in 2000 and split seven years later, but she always had hope he would get his life back together. The former model continued, writing on behalf of their children:
"This is the final step in our long goodbye to Scott. Even though I felt we had no other choice, maybe we never should have let him go. Or maybe these last few years of separation were his parting gift to us – the only way he could think to soften what he knew would one day crush us deep into our souls. 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. I won't say he can rest now, or that he's in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on. We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated that he chose to give up."
And most of all, she wants to remind others of the real effect of his death. Mary wrote:
"Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. 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."
So sad. You can read her entire essay HERE.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Scott's family and loved ones.
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