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Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was found dead yesterday at the age of 40.

Mikey’s family posted on his twitter account, @mikeywelsh71 yesterday,

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Mikey Welsh passed away unexpectedly. He will forever be remembered as an amazing father, artist, and friend. May he rest in peace.”
Weezer also paid respects via their twitter account, @weezer, saying,

“We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the awful news, our friend and fellow Weezer rocker @mikeywelsh71 has passed away. We love you Mikey.”

According to The Chicago Tribune,

Former Weezer bass player Mikey Welsh was found dead in a Chicago hotel room Saturday afternoon, according to authorities.

Welsh, 40, was found unresponsive on the floor after failing to check out of his room at the Raffaello Hotel in the 200 block of East Delaware Place at 1 p.m. Saturday, according toChicago Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.  Hotel staff found him.

Welsh was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:50 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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