died in his sleep at the Raffaelo Hotel in Chicago. But the news turned strange when people started pointing out two messages Welsh Tweeted on September 26th.
In the first message, Welsh says "dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today." He then followed it up with "correction - the weekend after next." Which was in fact the weekend that Welsh died.
Welsh was discovered when he failed to check out of the hotel by the 1PM check-out time. Hotel staff checked his room and found him "unconscious and not breathing." The cause of death is as yet undetermined, but police say that foul play is not suspected.
This leaves three possibilities: an accidental self-inflicted death (a drug overdose, for example), suicide, or the heart attack that Welsh dreamed about two weeks prior.
Personally I wonder if Welsh actually did end up writing his will. Whether or not he did so might shed light onto the situation. At the very least, it would help determine whether or not Welsh was taking his dream seriously, or if he was just being flip about it.
According to TMZ - hardly the most legitimate news source but still - the authorities say that "narcotics are suspected as the cause of death." However, toxicology reports have not been completed. And even if his death turns out to have been a drug overdose, that still leaves us with the same three possibilities.
Welsh, who replaced the band's original bassist Matt Sharp, had attempted suicide by drug overdose at least once before. In 2001 at the end of a three-month European tour with Weezer, Welsh suffered a "nervous breakdown" and overdosed on heroin. He was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where he was diagnosed with PTSD and borderline personality disorder.
After his departure from Weezer and finally receiving the psychiatric help that he needed, Welsh's life appeared to improve. He became a successful and highly acclaimed artist, returning to the painting that was his passion before he became a musician, and moved to Vermont with his wife and son.
If you feel that you are at risk for committing suicide, please reach out and seek help. In the United States you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 1-800-273-8255.