Ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh, who was found dead in a Chicago hotel room Saturday afternoon, apparently predicted his own death over Twitter two weeks beforehand.
Welsh, who played bass for the rock band from 1998 – 2001, was in Chicago to see Weezer play, and oddly tweeted two weeks prior that he dreamed he would die while in Chicago from a heart attack in his sleep.
“Dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today,” Welsh tweeted on September 26.
Police do not suspect any say foul play, but no cause of death has been determined yet. His body was found by hotel staff after he failed to check out of his room at the Raffaello Hotel, authorities said. He was found unresponsive and on the floor, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Welsh was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and narcotics are suspected as the cause of death, the Tribune reported.
Welsh, who was 40-years-old at the time of his death, left the highly successful band after suffering a nervous breakdown. Since leaving the band behind he worked as an artist.
Band members and fans turned to the internet and social networking sites to express their grief over the sudden news.
“It saddens me and the guys in Weezer so much to say that our beautiful, creative, hilarious and sweet friend Mikey Welsh has passed away at the very young age of 40,” read a statement on Weezer’s website. “A unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist is gone, but we will never forget him. His chapter in the Weezer story (’98 – ’01) was vital, essential, wild, and amazing,” his former band members said as part of a statement on their blog.