Ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh dies in Chicago

Sunday, October 9, 2011 | 2:51 p.m. CDT; updated 3:06 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 9, 2011

CHICAGO — Authorities in Chicago say the cause of death for former Weezer bass player Mikey Welsh is undetermined pending toxicology tests.

Mikey Welsh's body was found Saturday in a Chicago hotel. An autopsy was performed Sunday.

Chicago police say there's nothing to indicate foul play.

The 40-year-old Welsh of Burlington, Vt., performed with Weezer from 1998 to 2001. The band's website says he left after suffering a nervous breakdown.

He eventually established himself in a second career as a painter.

Weezer posted a message on its website, saying Welsh's time with the band was "vital, essential, wild, and amazing."

Welsh planned to attend Weezer's Sunday performance at Riot Fest in Chicago.



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