Mikey Welsh, former bassist of US rock band Weezer, has died of a suspected drug overdose after predicting the exact location and time of his death on Twitter weeks ago.

Welsh, 40, was found dead in a hotel room in Chicago yesterday. He was in town to see Weezer headline at the Riot Fest.

Spookily, Welsh posted a message on Twitter on September 26 in which he claimed to have dreamt of his death in Chicago.

The message read: "dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today."

He then added: "correction – the weekend after next."

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Although there is as yet no official cause of death, police are said to suspect that drugs played a part.

Together with his Twitter prediction, Welsh – who became an artist after quitting the band – had written on his Facebook page that one of his works was available for $250 "if i am still alive at time of purchase, price to increase exponentially if i expire prematurely."

Welsh played on Weezer's 2001 album, which spawned the hit single 'Hash Pipe'.

That same year, he is said to have had a mental breakdown and attempted suicide.

According to reports, Welsh's body was found by hotel staff after he failed to check out. He was apparently pronounced dead on the scene.

In a statement on their blog, Weezer said: “A unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist is gone, but we will never forget him. His chapter in the Weezer story (’98 – ’01) was vital, essential, wild, and amazing.”