Weezer Bassist Mikey Welsh Found Dead in Chicago Hotel
“Dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today,” Welsh tweeted on September 26.
The 40-year-old was found unresponsive on the floor in his room at the Raffaello Hotel by staff after he failed to check out. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
Welsh, who was in Chicago to see Weezer play, was bassist for the rock band from 1998-2001, before leaving after suffering a nervous breakdown.
“It saddens me and the guys in Weezer so much to say that our beautiful, creative, hilarious and sweet friend Mikey Welsh has passed away at the very young age of 40. A unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist is gone, but we will never forget him. His chapter in the weezer story ('98 - '01) was vital, essential, wild, and amazing. ” a statement on Weezer’s website reads.
Although no cause of death has been determined, it has been reported that narcotics are suspected.
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