Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh passes away [UPDATED]

Mikey Welsh Death

Today, a former bassist for Weezer passed away unexpectedly. Mikey Welsh was the bassist for weezer from 1998 to 2001. The Green Album was the only album he appeared on, however he can be found on the odd and end Weezer b-side and their limited edition Christmas album. Mikey left Weezer after a mental breakdown caused by drug use and the wear and tear of touring. After a suicide attempt and a stint in a psychiatric ward, Mikey joined several projects and continued to play music. It is sad to know someone so pivotal to the formation of such a great band has passed. However, there are some frightening details regarding his death that perhaps gave foresight to today’s tragedy.

The cause of death is yet unknown. The announcement came at about 11 o’clock pm eastern time on his Facebook page accompanied by the image seen above.

We are deeply saddened to announce that Mikey Welsh passed away unexpectedly today. He will forever be remembered as an amazing father, artist, and friend. May he rest in peace.

There are two scary things about his death. One is a certain tweet he sent 2 weeks ago. A shot of that tweet can be found below.

Mikey Welsh Tweet

The second is a painting he made the same day.

Mikey Welsh Painting

new painting "the horses are clouds inside the sun (self-portrait as skweetis at my own funeral, while the melvins play live)" 12x18 mixed media on watercolor paper. $250 if i am still alive at time of purchase, price to increase exponentially if i expire prematurely. contact Mia - mikeywelsh71@gmail.com to purchase. (September 26th)

 

It appears that Mikey Welsh foresaw his own death. I’m baffled by this. What do you think?

UPDATE: Mikey was found dead in a hotel room in Chicago where he was planning to see Weezer play at the Chicago RiotFest. He was found by hotel staff after he missed the checkout time. An autopsy was planned for Sunday and the results have yet to come back. Police are investigating but do not expect foul play. At this time they are suspecting drug use to be a factor.

Given the fact that Mikey’s tweet sent two weeks ago proved true, I begin to wonder. Is it possible that Welsh planned on his death occurring this weekend? He’s gone, so raising questions seems inappropriate. However, the circumstances are controversial. Again I ask, What do you think?

Jacob Tender

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  • TheWorldhasturned

    This death has impacted me more than any other musician death. The tweets and painting are just so weird. He was seriously one of my favorite Weezer members.
    RIP Mikey. Your family and friends are in my prayers.

  • Surtrav3

    No offence intended here, however I fail to see the controversal circumstances… Mikey was abusing alcohol, prescription drugs and heroin. In addition to that he claims to have bipolar depression. Factor all these together and it is not surprising that he passed. No controversy at all.