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December 04, 2015 at 08:10 PM EST

Velvet Revolver paid tribute to the late Scott Weiland, who was the band’s lead vocalist for six years total, on Facebook Thursday, writing that they “are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate.”

“We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him,” they wrote of Weiland, who battled drug addiction throughout his career. “His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.”

Prior to joining Velvet Revolver, Weiland was the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots. He also went on to release four solo records, the most recent being this year’s Blaster.

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“We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids… and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day,” Velvet Revolver said. “It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective. Rest In Peace Scott.”

Weiland died Thursday in Medina, Minnesota, his manager confirmed late that night. He had been on tour with his band The Wildabouts and was scheduled to perform in Medina, Minnesota Thursday night. According to a statement shared on his social media accounts, the musician died in his sleep.

Many other artists like Travis Barker, Tommy Lee, Chuck D, and Krist Krist Novoselić remembered Weiland on Friday. Slash, who was also in Velvet Revolver, shared a photo of Weiland on Instagram and wrote, “Sad day.”

Read Velvet Revolver’s full post on Duff McKagan’s Facebook page.

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