The rocker was father to teenagers Noah and Lucy
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When Scott Weiland died on Thursday, the world lost a music icon – and two children lost their father.

The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman, 48, is survived by his teenage children Noah, 15, and daughter Lucy, 13, whom he discussed in a 2008 interview with PEOPLE.

“I don’t want to stay on the road for the rest of my life,” Weiland said. “I have two kids.”

It was a trying year for the rock star, who went to rehab for substance abuse and split with his band Velvet Revolver. The year before, Weiland finalized his divorce from Mary Forsberg, with whom he shared Noah and Lucy.

Weiland went on to find love again in 2011, meeting his future wife, photographer Jamie Wachtel, while working on his Christmas music videos. The connection sparked when she gave blunt instructions, telling the star to tuck in his “belly a little bit.”

“It was around the holidays – it was after Thanksgiving, and you know how that tends to be,” Weiland explained to Rolling Stone in 2013. “I was kind of caught off guard, and I started laughing and she started laughing. And I don’t know … something magical happened.”

About two years later, the duo said, “I do.”

“We had the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony,” Wachtel told PEOPLE of the couple’s 2013 wedding at their Los Angeles home. “We all cried and laughed. Scott and I are over the moon!”