Sunday, October 9, 2011

Former Weezer bassist found dead

Mikey Welsh, the former bass player for the band Weezer, has been found dead in a Chicago hotel room, police say.

Authorities said Welsh was supposed to check out of the Raffaello Hotel at 1 p.m. Saturday, but he didn't. When hotel staff went to his room, he was found unconscious and not breathing.
Officials said there's nothing to indicate foul play.
Weezer posted a message on its website, saying Welsh's time with the band was "vital, essential, wild, and amazing."
"A unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist is gone, but we will never forget him," the band said.
Welsh, 40, of Burlington, Vt., performed with Weezer from 1998 to 2001, leaving after suffering a nervous breakdown, according to the band's website. He eventually established himself in a second career as a painter.

Welsh planned to attend Weezer's Sunday performance at Riot Fest in Chicago.
"i'm excited to see the boys, hang out and have some fun," he wrote on his Facebook page earlier this month.

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