Weezer Bassist Predicts His Own Death on Twitterby L-Johnson
Former Weezer bass player Mikey Welsh died on Saturday October 8th, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The 40-year-old performed with Weezer starting in 1998 working on the “green album”, the only Weezer album he would ever appear on. He toured with the band in 2000 to promote the album. He left the band in 2001 after suffering a mental breakdown, due to constant touring and yet undiagnosed mental conditions. Soon after that, he retired from music all together to focus on his artistic career as a painter. He, his wife, and two sons lived in Vermont.
His artwork was a style of “outsider art”, a term that described art which illustrates extreme mental states and often disturbing, unconventional styles. The artists of outsider art tend to stay outside the mainstream art world. A quote from Welsh’s official website explains that “Welsh attacks his canvases with pure spontaneity and aggression, almost never using a brush and preferring to work only with his hands and fingers. This technique gives him the opportunity to get as close and ‘inside’ to his paintings as he needs to be.”
Mikey was found dead in a hotel room on October 8th. The same day, his Facebook page was updated to announce that he had “passed away unexpectedly today”- but it wasn’t exactly unexpected. On September 26th, Mikey had posted on Twitter the following: “dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today”. He then corrected himself, tweeting “correction – the weekend after next”. Sure enough, the weekend after next, Mikey died in Chicago. The official cause of death hasn’t been released yet, but heart attack is suspected.