The body of former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was discovered in his room at the Raffaello Hotel in Chicago on Saturday. Police say the 40-year-old was expected to check out around 1 p.m. yesterday, but it was around that time maid service found him unconscious and not breathing. An autopsy report is expected to be released by the Cook County Examiner’s Office later today.
A painter since the age of 19, Welsh took over for founding Weezer bassist Matt Sharp in 1998, although he quit the band in 2001 after suffering a nervous breakdown. The band has left kind words about Welsh on their site, also pasted below.