EXPIRED: 10/08/11 – Mikey Welsh, 40, played bass player for Weezer, but left the band a decade ago, after a nervous breakdown and psychotic episodes that he said we besed on working in a corporate music industry.

He later resurfaced as an artist and painter working out of rural Vermont, attacking canvases with pure spontaneity and aggression, almost never using a brush and preferring to work only with his hands and fingers.

last year he attended a Weezer show near his home and was asked to join the band onstage for a version of the song “Hash Pipe.”  The crowd went crazy. He revisited the stage this summer in NYC by playing guitar on the song “Undone” with Weezer and the Flaming Lips.

On September 26, 2011 had posted the following on Twitter: “dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today”. Later he made a correction that he dreamt the week after next.

This week.

That’s when he visited Chicago to join them onstage again, but he died from a drug overdose in his room at the Rafaello Hotel.



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