October 10, 2011 in Nation/World

Ex-Weezer bassist Welsh, 40, dies

Associated Press
 

CHICAGO – Former Weezer bass player Mikey Welsh, who also found success in his second career as an artist, died in a Chicago hotel room, police said Sunday.

Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said Welsh was supposed to check out of the Raffaello Hotel at 1 p.m. Saturday. When he didn’t, hotel staff went to his room, entered it and found him unconscious and not breathing, Kubiak said.

The cause of death was undetermined pending toxicology tests, according to an autopsy performed Sunday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Test results could take up to six weeks, authorities said. Kubiak said there’s nothing to indicate foul play.

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.

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.

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