Memorial planned for ex-Weezer bassist, who'd foreshadowed his own death

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  • The medical examiner is awaiting toxicology results before releasing information
  • A public memorial will take place Saturday in Vermont, his Facebook page says
  • Also a painter, Welsh was in the rock band Weezer until 2001
A memorial service is being planned for this weekend for a former bassist of the rock band Weezer, weeks after he eerily foreshadowed his death.
Mikey Welsh was 40 when he was found dead Saturday, his former band announced.
A post Monday on his official Twitter page, as well as on Facebook, where news of his death had also been confirmed, said a public memorial will take place Saturday night in Burlington, Vermont.
On September 26, on that same Twitter feed, Welsh seemingly predicted his death.
"dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today," he wrote. Later that day, he posted another tweet that read, "correction - the weekend after next."
Darryl Baety, a Chicago police spokesman, said Sunday that officers responded at 1:45 p.m. Saturday to a call from the Raffaello Hotel regarding a guest who had been scheduled to check out, but had not.
After first knocking on the door, hotel personnel entered and found someone who was "unresponsive and not breathing," according to Baety.
Police are conducting a death investigation related to the case, pending autopsy results, Baety said.
A spokesperson for the Cook County, Illinois, medical examiner's office -- who didn't give a name, because of office policy -- said Monday afternoon that Welsh's autopsy is complete. But no details are being released, as the office is awaiting the results of toxicology tests that could take up to eight weeks to come back.
According to Welsh's official website, he was a painter before he made the the shift to music at age 19. A decade later, he had achieved fame as the bassist for the band Weezer, replacing the band's longtime 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 alternative rock group shortly after, saying he had suffered a nervous breakdown.
Led by bespectacled singer Rivers Cuomo, the Los Angeles-based Weezer broke onto the music scene in 1994 with the release of their first, self-titled album. The group periodically has juggled its line-up in the years since, during which it has made nine albums and attracted a large worldwide audience.
Some of its best-known hits are "Buddy Holly" and "Beverly Hills," the video for which has a serious-looking Cuomo and bandmates playing guitar, singing and playing at the Playboy Mansion.
On its website, the band remembered Welsh as vital chapter in their history and one to never "shy away from the absurd, dangerous or strange."
Weezer dedicated its set Sunday night at Chicago's RIOTfest to Welsh, declining to cancel because "we know damn well he would never have wanted to stop the rock," according to the group's website.