The band included this rendition of the song on their 2003 greatest hits album, Thank You
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“This is a song called ‘Plush.’ ”

That was Scott Weiland’s introduction to a stripped-down performance of Stone Temple Pilots’ monster hit (#39 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, #18 on their Mainstream Top 40, #9 on their Modern Rock and #1 on their Album Rock Tracks charts) on MTV’s Headbangers Ball show.

It was among the most memorable career highlights for Weiland, who died in his sleep at the age of 48, his official Facebook page confirmed Thursday evening.

“Plush” has often gotten hung out to dry as an example of how Weiland’s vocal approach seemed to borrow liberally from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder or Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley at times. But the performance he turned in on the episode (along with STP guitarist Dean DeLeo) is so raw and beautiful that the group included it on their greatest hits compilation Thank You in 2003, complete with Weiland’s understated intro.

And if you needed more proof that Weiland was hardly the chesty belter that he was often unfairly tagged as, check out this quietly devastating version of STP’s other huge hit, “Interstate Love Song.”

Weiland’s cause of death has not been confirmed; the singer had a history with substance abuse, which was also detailed in his memoir Not Dead & Not For Sale.