Since Scott Weiland’s passing, many of his peers and fans have come forward to honour the late grunge icon, celebrating his legacy as a one of a kind figure in music. Weiland passed away of an accidental drug overdose in late 2015, which lead to many reflecting on his illustrious career and impact on modern rock.
Now, Dave Navarro has taken to Instagram to share an unfinished letter that his late friend Weiland had written him. Navarro didn’t disclose when the letter was from, however, he shared a caption saying, “Just found an old unfinished letter from a friend. #scottweiland #RIP brother!” The unfinished letter reads, “Dave – my only real concern for you an I is.”
Last month, in the wake of the shock suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, Navarro took to Instagram to pen an emotional letter, detailing his past struggles with mental health and suicidal thoughts.
“I have been there, written ‘the note’, had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family. I was ready to go. Luckily, as a last ditched effort, I reached out. I spoke to my closest friends and loved ones. I sought therapy and at times, psychiatry, alternative medicines, even hospitalization. Whatever it took,” said Navarro in a post.
Navarro also opened up about his struggles in an interview with Yahoo in April this year, in which he referenced the death’s of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell.
“We have lost a lot of friends this year, due to mental health issues,” Navarro began. “I don’t have any insight as to what their mental health issues were or weren’t, so I don’t want to lump them in that category.”
Navarro spoke about how their passings “couldn’t help” but make him reflect on some of the hardest times in his life.
“I couldn’t help but be brought back to the times when I had felt that lonely, that desperate, that suicidal, and I just want to change the playing field [with Above Ground] and let people know that there are options out there. [Suicide] isn’t the final answer. It’s okay to reach out for help.”
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