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Former Weezer Bassist Mikey Welsh Found Dead in Chicago Hotel

Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was found dead in his Chicago hotel room on Saturday afternoon.

The 40-year-old musician, who left the band in 2001 after he suffered a nervous breakdown, was in town for a performance at Riot Fest.

He was found on the floor and unresponsive by staff at the Raffaello Hotel after the musician failed to check out of his hotel room.

"It saddens me and the guys in Weezer so much to say that our beautiful, creative, hilarious and sweet friend Mikey Welsh has passed away at the very young age of 40," said current member of Weezer Karl Koch.

"A unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist is gone, but we will never forget ."

"Mikey was never one to shy away from the absurd, dangerous or strange, and he did so with a gusto few others had."

While autopsy results are still pending, authorities suspect a drug overdose as the cause of death.

October 10, 2011 |

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