Shocking news to report as Jeremy Brown, guitarist for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, has passed away. The tragic news hit Weiland and the band as they were set to perform a record release show in Hollywood, Calif., last night (March 30) for the their new album, Blaster, which comes out today (March 31).

No cause of death has been revealed, but Weiland issued a statement via his Facebook page saying that he "is in shock right now" and that "everyone who knows [Brown] is devastated." Weiland had been working together with Brown on music for the past seven years, including the former Stone Temple Pilots singer's 2008 solo album, 'Happy in Galoshes.'

Scott Weiland's full statement can be read below:

We received a call today about my friend Jeremy Brown that has shaken me to the core. We were all concerned this afternoon when Jeremy didn’t show up for a long-scheduled rehearsal for tonight’s album release show at School Night. An hour later, Jeremy’s family called us to say that he had passed away. I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known. A true genius. It’s impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts. A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on but I felt it was necessary to at least start here. Please keep his family in your thoughts.

Our thoughts got out to Jeremy Brown's family, friends and bandmates during this extremely difficult time.

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