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Weezer Bass Player Mikey Welsh Dead at 40, Predicted Death on Twitter

| by Michael Allen

Mikey Welsh, former bassist of Weezer, passed away from a suspected drug overdose at the age of 40 in a Chicago hotel room. Oddly, two weeks ago, he predicted the correct location and date of his death on Twitter.

On September 26, he wrote in Twitter: "dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today."

Then he wrote: "'correction - the weekend after next."

The musician, who had become an artist and moved to Vermont with his wife and children, also predicted the price of his art would go up, on his Facebook page: "If i am still alive at time of purchase, price to increase exponentially if i expire prematurely."

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There is no official word on cause of death yet, but police suspect narcotics.

The news of his death came via his family on Twitter and Facebook yesterday, 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 following original bassist Matt Sharp’s exit in 1998. He played on the band’s 2001 album, known as 'The Green Album,' which included tunes such as 'Island in the Sun" and iHash Pipe.'

Welsh explained in a 2007 interview why he left Weezer to pursue art: "Basically, a lifetime of doing drugs and being undiagnosed as having post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder finally caught up with me when I was 30-years-old. At the beginning of a 3-month European tour with Weezer, I started slowly falling apart."

Weezer reacted to the news of Welsh's death on the band's official Twitter page: "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."

Welsh joined Weezer and the Flaming Lips at a show in New York in July of this year, where he played guitar on 'Undone.'