Ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh has passed away at the age of 40. An official post on his Facebook page states: “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.”
Welsh joined Weezer shortly after original bassist Matt Sharp left in 1998. He went on to record only one album with the band — ‘Weezer’ (aka The Green Album) — before leaving in 2001. Following his departure, Welsh retired from music and focused on painting full-time.
On Twitter, Weezer said, “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the awful news, our friend and fellow weez rocker @mikeywelsh71 has passed away. We love u Mikey.”