Macabre twist via
By Blurt Staff
Alt-rock fans, particularly those of Weezer, were saddened
this weekend do learn that a former bassist, Mikey Welsh, has died. According
police his body was discovered Saturday afternoon at the Raffaello Hotel by
hotel staff; the cause of death will not be determined until toxicology tests
are completed, but a drug overdose is being floated by various media sources.
Welsh was 40 years old and leaves behind a wife and two sons.
As the media is also reporting, there’s a macabre twist to all
this: apparently, on Sept. 26, Welsh tweeted of a dream foreshadowing:
@MikeyWelsh71 dreamt i
died in chicago
next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today.
And then an addendum:
@MikeyWelsh 71 @JVittitow correction – the weekend
In a slightly creepy move, an individual (mia) has since
taken over Welsh’s Twitter account and is making occasional tweets, including
details about a “makeshift memorial” and more.
Welsh was a minor player in the greater Weezer saga, only appearing
in the lineup briefly, from 1998 to 2001, and plahing on only one of their
albums, 2001’s self-titled release. He ultimately left the band for reasons
related to a nervous breakdown, but following a suicide attempt, he got his act
together and became a visual artist and moved to Burlington, Vermont.
Weezer posted to the band website today, “When he emerged
from his nervous breakdown that spelled his exit from the rock ‘n’ roll world,
he took on a new role as an astonishing and pure visual artist. It was a
glorious flowering of a talent he always possessed, but he had chosen to rock
out first, paint later.”