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Mikey Welsh Found Dead in Chicago

October 9, 2011

Rather than add a picture of Welsh, what better way to pay tribute to him than to share one of his personal works of art.

Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was found dead yesterday, October 8th, in his Chicago home. No details or evidence pertaining to the cause of Welsh’s death has surfaced yet, however his passing eerily follows a recent Tweet by the artist, who had a premonition of his death on September 28th.

“dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today” -Welsh

Welsh was 40 years old.

After Weezer’s primary bassist, Matt Sharp, left the band in 1997, Welsh took over, appearing on the group’s 2001 self-titled album, known by fans as the “Green Album.” Playing with Weezer from 1997-2001, the musician broke off from the band following exhaustion from touring and a nervous breakdown. Following his departure from the band, Welsh focused on his art, finding success selling his paintings and drawings.

Be sure to check out Welsh and the guys in the music video for “Island in the Sun,” the Spike Jonze directed video that accompanied the single off the Green album. Definitely one of the more heart-warming videos by Weezer and Jonze.

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