Scott Weiland, who fronted Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was found dead on Dec. 3 at age 48. But Weiland's ex-wife says: "The truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago."

Scott Weiland was found dead on Dec. 3 while he was on the road with The Wildabouts.

Scott Weiland played at the Utica Music and Arts Fest in Hanna Park with Nineball and Red Hush. There were more than 100 acts at the 2-day festival held in September 2013.

Mary Forsberg Weiland, Scott Weiland's ex-wife and mother of his two children, Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13 wrote this heart-wrenching letter days after Scott Weiland's death. She says December 3 is the official day the public will use to mourn Scott. The truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.

Mary Forsberg Weiland does not take away any from his talent or ability to light up a stage and sends many thanks for all the prayers and condolences offered to their children. She gives insight to what it's like living with an addict. She ended the essay with a plea: "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." Click the button to read the essay titled "Don't Glorify This Tragedy."