Twitter Fans Pay “Mikey Welsh” Weezer Tributes

Many will be glad when this week has officially ended and we start another week off, with brighter news. Ok, so the new iPhone 4S from Apple was announced and could be pre-ordered from Friday, but we’ve experienced the saddened loss of Apple’s Steve Jobs who passed away a day after the new iPhone media event, the passing of UK actor and MBE George Baker who played many roles including Inspector Wexford and today news has come through of the death of a music artist.

That of former bassist for group Weezer, Mikey Welsh. At a young age of 40 years old, the news was announced via social networking sites Twitter and Facebook from Welsh’s family. The announcement read, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Mikey Welsh passed away unexpectedly today. He will forever be remembered as an amazing father, artist and friend. May he rest in peace.”

Some may not be familiar with the group Weezer or even bassist Mikey Welsh, but its of course his family and fans today that will be remembering him for his achievements. Back in 1998 as it was reported from, Weezer bassist at the time Matt Sharp decided to leave the group without prior knowledge. In his place, Welsh joined the group and played on the 2001 album “The Green Album.” During the same year, Welsh was reported to have suffered a mental breakdown and tried to take his own life.

It was after this attempt, that he decided to retire from the music scene and wanted to concentrate his efforts on art, something of which he enjoyed pursuing. In an interview with Welsh himself in 2007 he said, “Basically a lifetime of doing drugs and being undiagnosed as having disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder finally caught up with me when I was 30 yeas old. At the beginning of a 3-month European tour with Weezer, I started slowly falling apart.”

His cause of death is still unknown but police have said that Welsh was found in a Chicago hotel room. His former Weezer band members have tweeted, “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the awful news, our friend and fellow weez rocker has passed away. We love u Mikey.”

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