Ex-Weezer Bassist Predicted His Own Death
You may not give much of a crap about Weezer, maybe you do. As you know, I'm very much an alt-rock dork and was saddened to hear of Mikey Welsh's death when I woke up this morning. Even if you're not a fan of the band, it's still pretty creepy that this dude predicted his own demise just 2 weeks ago.
Ex-Weezer bassist, Mikey Welsh, was found dead in a Chicago hotel room on Saturday (10.8). His family posted this on his Twitter account, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Mikey Welsh passed away unexpectedly. He will forever be remembered as an amazing father, artist, and friend. May he rest in peace.”
Mikey played bass for Weezer from 1998 to 2001 after Matt Sharp left the band, he's mostly known for playing on "The Green Album". He fought drug addiction and mental issues and once said in an interview, "Basically, a lifetime of doing drugs and being undiagnosed as having disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder finally caught up with me when I was 30 years old," he once said. "At the beginning of a 3-month European tour with Weezer, I started slowly falling apart."
With that said, it's not a huge surprise to hear Mikey has been added to the long, unfortunate list of rockers found dead in hotel rooms. What IS strange is that Mikey predicted his own death on Twitter. On September 26th he tweeted, "dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today." Later he followed that with, "correction - the weekend after next."
Since leaving Weezer, Mikey had taken comfort and found mild success as a painter. After his death tweet, he showcased one of his pieces saying it was going for $250 but "if i am still alive at time of purchase, price to increase exponentially if i expire prematurely".
Mikey was in Chicago this weekend to see Weezer play at Riot Fest. He was found by hotel staff after he failed to check out of his room at Raffaello Hotel, he was found unresponsive and on the floor at 2:50 pm according to the medical examiner.
Weezer posted the following statement on their official website:
“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."