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10th October 2011

mikey welsh

Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh has died from a suspected drug overdose at the age of 40. He was found in a Chicago hotel room on Saturday.

On September 26th he Tweeted: "dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today." He later added; "correction - the weekend after next."

There is no official word on cause of death yet, but police are said to suspect the involvement of narcotics.

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The news of his passing came via a message posted by his family on Twitter and Facebook on Sunday, which read: "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."

Welsh joined Weezer after original bassist Matt Sharp's exit in 1998 and played on the band's 2001 album, 'The Green Album', and can be heard on such hits as 'Island In The Sun' and 'Hash Pipe'.

That same year he suffered a mental breakdown and later attempted suicide.

"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," Welsh said in a 2007 interview.

"At the beginning of a three-month European tour with Weezer, I started slowly falling apart."

Weezer reacted to news of his passing on the band's official Twitter, writing: "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."


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