Ex-Weezer Bassist Mikey Welsh Found Dead
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 09:36:04
Reuters reports that Mikey Welsh, the former bass player for Weezer, was found dead in a Chicago hotel over the weekend. News of the musician's death broke on Sunday. Welsh left the band over a decade ago, after suffering a well-documented and publicized nervous breakdown. He went on to be an artist and painter, post-Weezer.
Workers at the Rafaello Hotel found Welsh unresponsive and not breathing when they went to his room on Saturday afternoon after he failed to check out as scheduled, spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said.
Welsh was in town to attend Weezer's appearance at RiotFest on Sunday night, a concert that went on as scheduled.
"As sad as it is to think about, we know Mikey would never want the rock stopped on his account -- quite the contrary in fact," the band said in a post on its website.
"His chapter in the Weezer story ... was vital, essential, wild, and amazing," the band said. The band then referred to Welsh as "a unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father."
Welsh said in a posting on his Facebook page earlier in October that he was looking forward to meeting up with the band in Chicago.
An autopsy is expected to be conducted.
R.I.P. Mikey Welsh.
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