Yeah, I thought the ex-wife's statement was in poor taste. I can understand she is bitter and that Scott Weiland was a shitty dad, etc... But dude was sick. She showed a complete lack of class and proved herself to be a shitty person as well.
He wasn't sick - he was an addict, big difference. Calling it only a sickness is too simplistic, the dude had an addictive personality and had every opportunity to clean up and didn't, that simple. He even admitted to picking drinking back up, as though that's no big deal.....dude if you had a smack addiction and cleaned up, even grabbing a bottle of booze is a bad step, it leads back to smack in that case. Yes, the dude was sick, but a lot of it was his own doing.
We as a society can't refer to drug addiction as a sickness....part of it is a sickness because your body becomes dependent and yes some people are genetically predisposed to addiction, but there is certainly certainly an element of choice involved and Scott chose to do drugs and screw up his life. She is right in that respect, love her or hate her, she's right that at a certain point he made a choice. And that's why you can celebrate the music, but never ever celebrate the person and their "struggle" with drugs, by all accounts it wasn't a struggle, it's what he wanted t do.