RIP Mikey Welsh, former Weezer bassist
Bassist Mikey Welsh, best known for his time spent playing with Weezer from 1998-2001, passed away on Saturday from causes that are yet to be determined. He was 40.
Welsh was recruited to join Weezer when bassist Matt Sharp left the band to pursue his own project, the Rentals. He performed with the band when they re-emerged in 2000, touring and playing onThe Green Album.
That record is considered a turning point for the band and was received somewhat controversially among critics; clocking in at a mere 28 minutes total, it's a pure pop album that foreshadows the band's future as overtly radio-friendly hit-makers.
Since leaving the band, Welsh primarily focused on his career as an artist, though he did reappear this summer to perform with Weezer at a show for their show in Jones Beach, New York with the Flaming Lips.
Eerily, Welsh appears to have predicted his own death on his Twitter account; just two weeks ago, he wrote that he had a dream about his death and that he was concerned about getting his will in order.
Over the past two days, Welsh's former bandmates have stepped forward to express their sadness over his death. Here's the statement from the official Weezer account:
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