Former Wilco Member Jay Bennett — Dies in His Sleep at Age 45


Former Wilco member Jay Bennett passed away May 24

Former Wilco member Jay Bennett passed away May 24

 Jay Bennett had a good run with Wilco. 

Sadly, the 45-year-old musician passed away Sunday. At press time, the cause was unknown and an autopsy was going to be performed.

Bennett played with Wilco from 1994-2001, but eventually left the band to pursue his own projects.

The musician went on to record several of his own records and acted as producer for Blues Traveler’s “Bastardos! CD. Bennett also did studio time with acts like Sheryl Crow.

But, all was not happy in Wilco land.

Bennett had to undergo recent hip replacement surgery.  In May, he sued  Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy in  a breach-of-contract lawsuit, saying he was owed back royalties from five Wilco albums.

Unfortunately, we don’t know how this musical scenario would’ve played out.

Tweedy left this message on Wilco’s website:

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

And — you can read Bennett’s last MySpace blog entry at:

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