In the weeks before former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was found dead in a Chicago hotel room on Saturday, he sent out several messages via Twitter and Facebook that seemed to predict his demise.
“Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today,” Welsh tweeted on Sept. 26. Then, “correction-the weekend after next.”
On his Facebook page, Welsh — who took up painting after his stint in the famous pop-punk band — wrote beneath a showcase photo of a painting he was selling for $250, “if i am still alive at time of purchase, price to increase exponentially if I expire prematurely.”
The tweets and Facebook post have since been scrubbed from his accounts.
Staff at the Raffaello Hotel discovered Welsh’s body after he failed to show up for a 1 p.m. check-out time. Authorities suspect he died of a drug overdose.
A statement on Weezer’s website praised Welsh’s contribution to the band:
“We will never forget him. His chapter in the Weezer story (’98 – ’01) was vital, essential, wild, and amazing.”