RIP Jay Bennett

Jay Bennett (November 15, 1963 – May 24, 2009)
Jay Bennett
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Sad news today…

Former Wilco band member Jay Bennett has died aged 45.

The multi-instrumentalist died in his Illinois home on Saturday night (May 23), although the cause of death has not been revealed. A message on the website of his record label Undertow Music,, explained that he died “in his sleep”. []

As you may recall, Jay recently sued Wilco for royalties he claimed he was owed while still with the band.

Chicago Sun Times music critic Jim DeRogatis has a nice obit over here.

UPDATE: Here’s what Jeff Tweedy had to say about Jay’s passing on the official Wilco site:

We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy. We will miss Jay as we remember him — as a truly unique and gifted human being and one who made welcome and significant contributions to the band’s songs and evolution. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends in this very difficult time.

Jeff Tweedy

– via BabyStew