Mikey Welsh, the former bassist of Weezer rock band, was found dead from a suspected drug overdose at the age of 40, in the exact moment and the exact place as he predicted on Twitter.
Mikey Welsh was found dead in a hotel room in Chicago yesterday. The rocker was in Chicago to watch his old band headline the Riot Fest today.
Surprisingly, Mikey Welsh predicted the exact location and time of his own death on Twitter, just two weeks ago.
On September 26, Mikey Welsh tweeted:
“dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today.”
He added: “correction – the weekend after next.”
As well as this accurate prediction, Mikey Welsh also suggested a prescience of events to come on his Facebook page.
Showcasing one art piece, Mikey Welsh wrote that it was available for $250 dollars:
“if i am still alive at time of purchase, price to increase exponentially if i expire prematurely.”
For the moment, authorities didn’t say anything about Mikey Welsh’s official cause of death, but police are said to suspect the involvement of narcotics.
The news of Mikey Welsh death came via a message posted by 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.”
Mikey Welsh joined Weezer following original bassist Matt Sharp’s exit in 1998.
The father-of-two artist played on the Weezer’s 2001 album, known colloquially as The Green Album, and can be heard on such hits as Island in the Sun and Hash Pipe.
In the same year, Mikey Welsh, who was also a touring bassist for Juliana Hatfield, 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,” Mikey Welsh said in a 2007 interview.
“At the beginning of a 3-month European tour with Weezer, I started slowly falling apart.”
Shortly afterwards, Mikey Welsh dedicated himself to his love of another art, painting.
Mikey Welsh moved from Boston to Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two daughters, where he worked on large-scale figures and abstracts.
Weezer reacted to news of Mikey Welsh’s death 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.”
Mikey Welsh had joined Weezer and the Flaming Lips at a show in New York as recently as July this year, where he played guitar on Undone.