We’re wearing our sweaters and Buddy Holly glasses in mourning today as we report the news that former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh is has passed away at the age of 40. His body was found yesterday morning in a Chicago hotel room, and although no cause of death has been determined, police suspect it was a drug over dose. Making a tragic case even sadder, the musician publicly predicted his own death in a September 26th Twitter post. “Dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep),” he wrote. “Need to write my will today.” Then Welsh quickly added: “correction – the weekend after next.”
Welsh joined Weezer in 1998 and played on the group’s landmark “Green Album” in 2001, which featured their hits “Island in the Sun” (the first guitar solo we ever learned) and “Hashpipe.” But he then parted ways with the band soon after following a series of nervous breakdown. “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 said in 2007. Since then he moved himself and his family to Burlington, Vermont, where he pursued a career in visual art. This lead Mikey to make one more eerie prediction when listing some a piece online for sale at $250. “if i am still alive at time of purchase, price to increase exponentially if i expire prematurely.”
Despite leaving the band, Welsh still remained in friendly with Rivers Cuomo and the rest of the guys. In fact, the reason he was in Chicago was to watch the group headline the Riot Fest. Reps for Weezer posted their reaction on their twitter feed. “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the awful news, our friend and fellow weez rocker @mikeywelsh71 has passed away. We love u Mikey.” We love you too, Mikey.