Former Weezer Bassist Dies
2011-10-09 by theBlackWidow | 94 Comments

Former Weezer bass player Mikey Welsh (who played with the band from 1998-2001) died from unknown causes on October 8th. Welsh's Facebook page announced that he had "passed away unexpectedly", with a memorial image attached.

Dear friends and fans,

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. 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.

Mikey was never one to shy away from the absurd, dangerous or strange, and he did so with a gusto few others had. No one had quite the stage presence of Mikey, nor have there been many who pulled the types of shenanigans he did at shows. If it rocked, he had to try it - and he always found a way to pull it off.

When he emerged from his nervous breakdown that spelled his exit from the rock n roll world, he took on a new role as an astonishing and pure visual artist. It was a glorious flowering of a talent he always possessed, but he had chosen to rock out first, paint later. Our more recent meet-ups at weezer shows, including recently at the Weezer/Flaming Lips show at Jones Beach were always a great time. We will miss him terribly. Our deepest heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. The world has lost a truly one of a kind guy.

...Tomorrow we play the RIOTfest in Chicago as planned - Mikey was planning on attending this show and we were looking forward to seeing him again. As sad as it is to think about, we know Mikey would never want the rock stopped on his account - quite the contrary in fact. While we wont see him, we know he will be there rocking out with us!


The band linked to Welsh's two sites (one official, one via Facebook), stating that stories from the road were available for reading, as well as his art:

http://mikeywelshblog.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MikeyWelshArt

Twitter

Band Page: Weezer

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Sanders
October 9th 2011

2341 Comments


R.I.P.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2011

49788 Comments


RIP

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Ommushwo
October 9th 2011

112 Comments


never really got into the band, but still RIP.

Asiatic667
October 9th 2011

4647 Comments


This is sad.
In before idiotic Assholes start making "Weezer Sux" jokes

taxidermist
October 9th 2011

7195 Comments


R.I.P.

Kris.
October 9th 2011

12149 Comments


wow
rip

Puzzles
October 9th 2011

3065 Comments


Holy fuck. I just downloaded and listened to Pinkerton for the first time this afternoon after having known about it for years... That's fucking uncanny!

KronosRage
October 9th 2011

367 Comments


Weezer's bass player Mikey Welsh (1998-2001) died from unknown causes on October 8th.


He was three years old

Adabelle
October 9th 2011

4221 Comments


RIP

At least it got 10 comments in before the puns started.

InFiction
October 9th 2011

3638 Comments


That sucks. RIP.

I really need to stop dicking around and listen to Pinkerton.

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dimsim3478
October 9th 2011

4734 Comments


I really need to stop dicking around and listen to Pinkerton. [2]

RIP

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Tijnmans
October 9th 2011

353 Comments


RIP still I Hope they will break up now!

LepreCon
October 9th 2011

3591 Comments


RIP

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2011

21575 Comments


RIP


I really need to stop dicking around and listen to Pinkerton. [3]

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Tyrael
October 9th 2011

20729 Comments


R.I.P. :[

MyRamona
October 9th 2011

1074 Comments


Poor guy, r.i.p.

On another note, people who mock the death of someone on the very same day of their death are nothing but shit human beings of the highest regard.

sublimefan1991
October 9th 2011

753 Comments


rip, that's really sad.

Ovrot
October 9th 2011

10460 Comments


rip

can't think of a pun

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halloway
October 9th 2011

684 Comments


"On another note, people who mock the death of someone on the very same day of their death are nothing but shit human beings of the highest regard."

----------------------------------------

People die. Get over it. They're too dead to give a shit at this point.

RIP.

Darb
October 9th 2011

30 Comments


shit :/ Rest in piece

TrstN01
October 9th 2011

800 Comments


RIP

telebyrd
October 9th 2011

869 Comments


Dope Nose caught up with him

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2011

9033 Comments


That blows. RIP

TrstN01
October 9th 2011

800 Comments


just saying, it should say ex-weezer bassist

iFghtffyrdmns
October 9th 2011

7047 Comments


damn. super bummer.
RIP brother

PastorOfMupp3ts
October 9th 2011

70 Comments


isn't it ex-bassist? anyway R.I.P. bro

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011

9993 Comments


blech this really sucks.

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Intheayer
October 9th 2011

79 Comments


RIP

Its a shame he was only there during Weezer's awkward stage

Titan50
October 9th 2011

4588 Comments


RIP

whatshisname
October 9th 2011

178 Comments


I thought it was the current bassist at first.
I was REALLY worried for a minute,
I mean, don't get me wrong, it's still extremely sad (R.I.P.)


Saturday
October 9th 2011

90 Comments


Fuck.

Rip

AfterTheBreakdown
October 9th 2011

7106 Comments


Rip

Intheayer
October 9th 2011

79 Comments


I thought it was the current bassist at first.
I was REALLY worried for a minute,
I mean, don't get me wrong, it's still extremely sad (R.I.P.) [2]

Polymath
October 9th 2011

3836 Comments


RIP

Listening to Weezer today.

Intheayer
October 9th 2011

79 Comments


If it was Matt Sharp, Id cry.

jcfiasco
October 9th 2011

465 Comments


ah man what a terrible thing to read first thing in the morning. RIP

psykonaut
October 9th 2011

3913 Comments


goodnight sweet prince


Fuff24
October 9th 2011

1118 Comments


RIP

Andrewffcc
October 9th 2011

171 Comments


Should say ex-weezer bassist.

RIP

ShinXetsu
October 9th 2011

605 Comments


Yeah this article was worded awkwardly but still, RIP.

AlmightyHabeeb
October 9th 2011

108 Comments


RIP

sixdegrees
October 9th 2011

16777 Comments


That's a shitty thing to say after someone died, YouGotLucky.

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DinoX
October 9th 2011

3582 Comments


rip

FilthyBorgir
October 9th 2011

1334 Comments


rip

Emim
October 9th 2011

26482 Comments


Did he have asthma?



RIP bro even if I never listened to your band.

Sanders
October 9th 2011

2341 Comments


YouGotLucky, I think I speak for everyone here when I say I hope YouGetHitByATrain.

BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2011

44164 Comments


The sputnik police are out today, enforcing the realm of "good taste".


ROCK OUT FIRST, PAINT LATER (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)

HeyBrosef
October 9th 2011

296 Comments


@sanders except for me. i think he should be able to say what he wants without getting hit by a train.

Scoot
October 9th 2011

17681 Comments


shit rip

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botb
October 9th 2011

9527 Comments


yeah i thought it was matt sharp and i was like

but this sucks, rip.

RosaParks
October 9th 2011

14592 Comments


Wow rip

boneren
October 9th 2011

30 Comments


WOW ROSA

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2011

49788 Comments


He died of a suspected drug overdose

Wizard
October 9th 2011

19210 Comments


Maybe he should have stopped smoking the Hashpipe.

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thatdudeud0ntknow
October 9th 2011

164 Comments


"People die. Get over it. They're too dead to give a shit at this point."

"dont be such a pussy. honestly, why should i care? people are dying every minute. it happens. why shouldnt i joke about the corpse of someone i never knew? oh, its ok if we wait a little while though, right?"

...What the fuck is wrong with some people these days? Grow up and show some respect. R.I.P.

loveisamixtape
October 9th 2011

5903 Comments


rip

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Whatsgood
October 9th 2011

177 Comments


What's weird is that a week ago he tweeted "Had a dream I died next weekend in Chicago, gonna write up my will today." or something like that.

:/

xfearbefore
October 9th 2011

1245 Comments


Well that sucks. Sounds like the show is going to be killer though. RIP

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AmericnZero02
October 9th 2011

3329 Comments


Dang, that's really sad. Rest in peace, man.

Lambda
October 9th 2011

2411 Comments


R.I.P.

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nash1311
October 9th 2011

1754 Comments


This really sucks.

Article is so fucked on so many levels. (grammatically, structurally, and such)

newjunkaesthetic93
October 9th 2011

1871 Comments


Really bad article. First it has you thinking the current bassist died, then it has you thinking he died ten years ago at the age of three.

djunior
October 9th 2011

702 Comments


yea, his twitter post last week was weird

http://twitter.com/#!/MikeyWelsh71/status/118305899923259392

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Slum
October 9th 2011

2579 Comments


somebody rewrite this fucking article

faux
October 9th 2011

63 Comments


I don't like weezer but he achieved a lot in his three years on this planet

Satellite
October 9th 2011

20678 Comments


how did this get approved. jesus fuck.

r.i.p.

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toxin.
October 9th 2011

12019 Comments


Yeah seriously it sounds like he died at age 3
RIP though

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
October 9th 2011

3663 Comments


I guess he was Tired of Sex....

RIP

austin888
October 9th 2011

331 Comments


"never really got into the band, but still RIP." (2)


El_Goodo
October 9th 2011

1008 Comments


Poor guy, r.i.p.

On another note, people who mock the death of someone on the very same day of their death are nothing but shit human beings of the highest regard.


Where's your RIP's for all the children who died of starvation today then Mr Morales? Humour has always been an outlet for human pain and sadness. Plus no one said anything about him, they were making fun of the (1998-2001) because it was placed very poorly. If that was in a newspaper paper they'd have to put in a correction the next day.

Ire
October 9th 2011

41747 Comments


rip

HeyBrosef
October 9th 2011

296 Comments


@thatdude lol youre retarded for thinking that adhering to social norms = maturity

MoosechriS
October 9th 2011

4770 Comments


rip

labria86
October 9th 2011

137 Comments


What's with these hommies?^ Why do they gotta front?

Poor guy... Maybe his boogies got out of control?... Just a thought...

How about that Blue Album though amiright? My name is Jonas = Amazing Sauce.

FearThyEvil
October 9th 2011

12241 Comments


So young R.I.P.

Phideaux
October 9th 2011

1653 Comments


Sad. RIP

ManicDemise
October 9th 2011

428 Comments


Very sad. R.I.P.

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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011

1981 Comments


Sorry to hear that. RIP

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steadyriot
October 9th 2011

443 Comments


RIP =w=

FreePizzaDay
October 9th 2011

1526 Comments


"People die. Get over it. They're too dead to give a shit at this point."

Cool. Does that mean I can take a shit on your face after your dead?

sailSAway
October 9th 2011

838 Comments


man i loved watching the weezer DVD. Mikey Welsh was HILARIOUS! good times.

BSX
October 9th 2011

1633 Comments


RIP

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Loanshark
October 10th 2011

333 Comments


RIP

MyRamona
October 10th 2011

1074 Comments


"Where's your RIP's for all the children who died of starvation today then Mr Morales? Humour has always been an outlet for human pain and sadness. Plus no one said anything about him, they were making fun of the (1998-2001) because it was placed very poorly. If that was in a newspaper paper they'd have to put in a correction the next day. "

Sorry mate, I guess I should view the world with a completely objective view of everything happening all the time every day. That would be great wouldn't it? Oh wait....It would take fucking forever.

YouGotLucky
October 10th 2011

946 Comments


Freedom of speech.

Bandido
October 10th 2011

816 Comments


RIP

I used to have a Weezer DVD of all videos, live shows, interviews and stuff (I forget what it was called), but he was always really hilarious and cool in interviews and behind the scenes sorta things.

And for all those saying you need to listen to Pinkerton - yes you do! However, he had no part in Pinkerton, for what it's worth

omnipanzer
October 10th 2011

21418 Comments


"On another note, people who mock the death of someone on the very same day of their death are nothing but shit human beings of the highest regard."

Opinions meh.

"People die. Get over it. They're too dead to give a shit at this point."

Condolences are never for the benefit of the departed and there is nothing wrong with showing a little respect. Time is finite on this here shared mortal coil.


R.I.P.

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krig9412
October 10th 2011

792 Comments


Wow that's terribly unfortunate. I just hope it wasn't something stupid like a drug overdose.

RIP

Crymsonblaze
October 10th 2011

7479 Comments


That sucks. Weezer rules. RIP

Pharoh
October 10th 2011

3326 Comments


I read an article that said it was a drug overdose.

theBlackWidow
October 10th 2011

465 Comments


To those that do not understand this.....former meaning before the current (usually what it means in any situation).


And it says "Played from 98-01" meaning, he played bass for the band from 1998 to 2001. Not too hard to figure out.

sailSAway
October 10th 2011

838 Comments


@Bandido Weezer's Video Capture Device. fuckin epic. Welsh was hilarious!

CrackwhoreBatshit
October 10th 2011

95 Comments


These fucking bassists man

strangerthanfission
October 11th 2011

555 Comments


shows up to justify his shitty, poorly-worded article amirite



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