October 10, 2011 11:19

Ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh died of suspected drug overdose

Police found prescription drugs and narcotic believed to be heroin in bassist's hotel room

Ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh died of suspected drug overdose
Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh died of a suspected drug overdose, according to authorities.

A report in the Chicago Tribune claims that police found prescription drugs and a bag of white powder believed to be heroin in Welsh’s hotel room and, although the official cause of his death is still to be determined, they suspect narcotics were involved.

Walsh, 40, passed away on Saturday (October 8) after being found unresponsive on his hotel room floor, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

News of the bassist's death was revealed by his family, who posted a statement on his Twitter account Twitter.com/mikeywelsh71 which read:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Mikey Welsh passed away unexpectedly. He will forever be remembered as an amazing father, artist, and friend. May he rest in peace.



Weezer also paid their own respects on their Twitter account Twitter.com/Weezer, writing: "We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the awful news, our friend and fellow Weezer rocker @mikeywelsh71 has passed away. We love you Mikey."

Walsh joined Weezer in 2000 after original bassist Matt Sharp left in 1998 and played with the band until August 2001, appearing on hits from their self-titled album that year - also known as 'The Green Album' - including 'Island In The Sun' and 'Hash Pipe'.

In the same year, the Boston-based musician suffered a mental breakdown and later attempted suicide before he quit the band. In his later years he dedicated himself to painting and he worked on large-scale figures and abstracts.

In the weeks leading up to his passing, Welsh posted a series of cryptic tweets writing on September 26: "Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today."

You can watch check out some of Mikey Welsh's artworks on his website, while the website Weezerpedia has set up a digital eulogy page where fans can pay their respects.

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