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Former Wilco member, Jay Bennett..Dead!

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didnt see this coming...fantastic muscician....Wilco havent been the same without him



R.I.P. Jay Bennett




Former Wilco member dead at 45


The Chicago Sun-Times reports that multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett, formerly of Wilco, died this morning in Urbana, Illinois. He was 45 years old; the cause of death is not yet known.


Bennett was a member of Wilco from 1994 through 2001, and was a driving force behind their albums Being There, Summerteeth, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, as well as their Mermaid Avenue collaborations with Billy Bragg. Bennett's departure from the band, during the recording of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, was chronicled in the 2002 documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.



After he left Wilco, Jay released several albums, including 2002's The Palace at 4 a.m. (Part 1), a collaboration with Edward Burch, and the solo albums The Beloved Enemy (2004), Bigger Than Blue (2004), The Magnificent Defeat (2006). He also contributed to music by the likes of Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, Allison Moorer, and Billy Joe Shaver.


In November, Bennett released the solo album Whatever Happened I Apologize as a free download. He was working on a new album, Kicking at the Perfumed Air, at the time of his death.


Earlier this month, Bennett made the news when he sued his former bandmate Jeff Tweedy over back royalties from the Wilco recordings he worked on, as well as compensation for his part in I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.


The Sun-Times reports that Wilco could not be reached for comment, since they are on tour in Spain.

Posted by Amy Phillips on May 24, 2009 at 10:25 p.m.


Tags: Jay Bennett, Obituary, Wilco

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