Police spokeswoman in Chicago named Laura Kubiak said employees of the Raffaello Hotel found Welsh unconscious and breathless when they entered his room after he had failed to check out. Kubiak said there was no evident sign of foul play.
Test results are still pending. According to a test taking by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of the death was undetermined pending toxicology tests. Authorities have said that the results may take up to six weeks.
Welsh performed with Weezer from 1998 to 2001 and was featured on the bestselling “Green Album.” According to the band’s website, he left after suffering a nervous breakdown. He later established himself in a second career, which is painting.
“I’m taking a break from music,” he told MetroWest Daily News in 2002. “I really feel the need to reinvent myself and move on, and I couldn’t be happier painting. Music is still an important part of my life, but I really have no desire to actually play it.”
Welsh had posted on Twitter on September 26, 2011, “dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today”.