RIP Ex-Weezer Bass Player, Mikey Welsh

Mikey was an interesting guy.  He took over for original bassist Matt Sharpe and stayed with Weezer for a couple of years before suffering a nervous breakdown which he blamed on drugs, touring fatigue and a few unspecified things.

He left the band, got his act together and then launched a successful second career as a painter with his wife and kids in Burlington, Vermont.

He was staying at the Raffaello Hotel in Chicago,  When he didn’t meet his 1pm check-out time, hotel staff when to his room where he was found unconcious and not breathing.  He was pronounced dead a short time later.  No cause of death was immediately apparent, although a drug overdose is suspected.  The Cook County Coroner’s Office says they should have results by sometime Sunday afternoon.  

Mikey Welsh was 40. 

UPDATE:  In a super-freaky bit of prescience, Mikey tweeted this on September 26th.

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2 thoughts on “RIP Ex-Weezer Bass Player, Mikey Welsh

  • October 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm
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    Could be a good band name. The Psychic Tweets.

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  • October 14, 2011 at 6:31 am
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    My uncle said he dreamed of his deceased father a lot, but rarely of his deceased mother, until April this year. They had long conversations, and right before he would wake up she told him, "Goodbye." But on the morning of April 20th, he told my aunt his mom didn't say "Goodbye" this time, she said "See you soon." He was killed in a car crash that evening when another driver had a medical emergency and crossed the center line.

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