Some sad news — ex-Weezer bassist and visual artist Mikey Welsh passed away yesterday at the age of just 40. According to MSNBC, Welsh was found dead in a Chicago hotel yesterday afternoon. No cause of death has yet been confirmed. Welsh was the bassist in Weezer from 1998 until 2002, and played on the band’s self-titled 2001 album (generally known as The Green Album). After leaving Weezer following a nervous breakdown, Welsh found success as a painter. His work was colouful and striking, yet often also somehow disconcerting, recalling variously the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and also late period Willem de Kooning, but always with a style and power all its own. Creepily, Welsh tweeted two weeks ago about dreaming he’d die in his sleep in Chicago in two weeks’ time. Weezer posted a message on their website this morning, mourning the loss of their “beautiful, creative, hilarious and sweet friend”. Welsh is survived by his wife and two sons. RIP.
Written by Tom Hawking