Former Weezer bassist dead at 40
(CNN) — Painter Mikey Welsh, most famously known as the bassist for the rock band Weezer, died Saturday, according to the band. He was 40.
The cause of death was not immediately available.
According to Welsh’s official website, he was a painter before he made the the shift to music at 19. A decade later, he had achieved fame as the bassist for the band Weezer, replacing the band’s long-time bassist Matt Sharp.
Welsh was part of the band’s 2001 “Green Album” release, which featured “Hash Pipe.” The single became one of the band’s biggest hits, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Alternative songs chart.
Welsh left the band shortly after, saying he had suffered a nervous breakdown.
The band remembered Welsh as vital chapter to their history and one to never “shy away from the absurd, dangerous or strange,” according to the statement on the Weezer’s website
Weezer plans to play as scheduled Sunday during Chicago’s RIOTfest.