Welsh, who was just 40, was found by staff at the Raffaello Hotel, Chicago after he didn’t check out of his room on time. He was found unconscious and not breathing, and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Welsh tweeted on 26 September: “Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today.” He later added, “correction – the weekend after next”.
The former musician turned artist later promoted one of his works on Facebook, writing: “If I am still alive at the time of purchase price to rise exponentially if I expire prematurely.”
The New York-born musician’s cause of death is asyet unknown, pending toxicology tests run during an autopsy performed on Sunday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Authorities have said that the tests could take up to six weeks.
“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,” read a statement on Weezer’s website. “A unique talent, deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist is gone, but we will never forget him.”
Welsh joined Weezer in 1998 after the departure of original bassist Matt Sharp. He left three years later after suffering from a mental breakdown, moving to Vermont to pursue a second career as an artist.
So, sadly, Welsh predicted his own demise, but then since he died of a suspected drugs overdose, could he just have been making sure he died at the time he precdicted on Twitter?