Scott Weiland Stone Temple Pilots' Farewell

12/4/2015 12:37 PM PST

Scott Weiland: Stone Temple Pilots' Farewell

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Scott Weiland's former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots crafted a letter thanking him for his talent, but also acknowledging his demons.

It begins, "Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us. Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories."

Band members Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz and Dean DeLeo added ... "We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again. It’s what made you who you were. You were gifted beyond words, Scott. Part of that gift was part of your curse."

Scott was with STP from 1986 to 2002. He returned to the band in 2008, before they cut ties for the last time in 2013.