Ex-Weezer Bassist Dies in Hotel

Drug overdose suspected in death of Mikey Welsh
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2011 9:01 AM CDT
Weezer Bassist Mikey Welsh Dead in Chicago Hotel Room
Weezer performs at the sixth annual Video Game Awards at Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday Dec. 14, 2008.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh has been found dead in a Chicago hotel room at age 40, reports the Chicago Tribune. Police suspect a drug overdose is involved. Welsh was found unresponsive yesterday afternoon after he failed to check out of his room at 1pm; he was reportedly in town to watch his former band play tonight. Current bassist Scott Shriner tweeted this morning: "Really bummed about Mikey. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Such a talent... he made a special mark on the world with his art."

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"As many of you may have heard, Mikey Welsh has passed away," the band posted online. "Understanding that many here are grieving, Weezerpedia has created a digital eulogy page for Mikey Welsh where fans can post stories, pictures, or thoughts. R.I.P. Mikey." (Read more Weezer stories.)

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