Ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh dies in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - October 9, 2011 Chicago spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said 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, entered it and found him unconscious and not breathing, Kubiak said. 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. "I'm taking a break from music," he told MetroWest Daily News in 2002. "I really feel the need to reinvent myself and move on, and I couldn't be happier painting. Music is still an important part of my life, but I really have no desire to actually play it." Weezer posted a message on its website, saying Welsh's time with the band was "vital, essential, wild, and amazing." "A unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist is gone, but we will never forget him," the band said.