The rock world was shocked over the weekend when it was announced that the body of former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh had been discovered in a Chicago hotel room. Making a dark event even more macabre was the fact that he’d predicted the time and place of his death nearly two weeks prior.
The 40-year-old Welsh – who performed with Weezer from 1998-2001 and played on the band’s self-titled “green album” – had traveled to Chicago for the weekend to see his old band play at the city’s RiotFest. According to the Associated Press, staff members of the Rafaello Hotel entered the musician’s room on Saturday afternoon after Welsh missed his 1 p.m. checkout time. They found Welsh unresponsive and not breathing.
The cause of death is listed as “undetermined” pending toxicology results. A police spokeswoman said there was nothing at the scene to indicate foul play. Welsh had a history of mental illness, including a much-publicized nervous breakdown that led to his departure from Weezer in 2001.
Adding suspicion to the events surrounding Welsh’s death is a cryptic message he sent via his Twitter account on September 26.
”Dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today,” he wrote, before adding, ‘Correction – the weekend after next.”
The surviving members of Weezer, who decided to forge ahead with their Chicago show following the tragic news, paid tribute to Welsh on their website.
“Mikey was never one to shy away from the absurd, dangerous or strange, and he did so with a gusto few others had,” they wrote. “No one had quite the stage presence of Mikey.”
Singer Rivers Cuomo later added on Twitter, “Mikey, thank you for being there when times were tough. Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for your honesty. And thank you for the sick bass playing. We’re all gonna miss you.”
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