Lawfuel.com – 8 October 2011 – Mike Welsh, 40, the former bass player for Weezer, was found dead in his hotel room according to Police. The death was the result of an apparent drug overdose according to authorities.
The musician, who had successfully embarked upon a second career as an artist, was found after Police visited his hotel room where he was found and later pronounced dead.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office believes drugs were involved, though an autopsy scheduled Sunday should confirm, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Chicago spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said Mikey Welsh was supposed to check out of the Raffaello Hotel at 1 p.m. Saturday. When he didn’t, hotel staff went to his room and found him unconscious and not breathing.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said autopsy results will be available Sunday afternoon. Kubiak said there’s nothing to indicate foul play.
Welsh, 40, of Burlington, Vt., performed with Weezer from 1998 to 2001, leaving after suffering a nervous breakdown, according to the band’s website. He eventually established himself in a second career as a painter.