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News Sun May 24 2009

Jay Bennett Dead at 45

Undertow Music Collective is reporting that former Wilco member Jay Bennett passed away in his sleep last night. Bennett was recently in the news for suing Jeff Tweedy over unpaid artist royalties.

Still developing... check back for updates.

UPDATE: Bennett's Wikipedia entry has been changed to say that he died after undergoing hip replacement surgery. He announced that he needed the surgery on his MySpace page just weeks before the suit of Tweedy--the timing raised some eyebrows since he reportedly did not have health insurance.

Jim DeRogatis has also confirmed the news after talking with Edward Burch, friend of Bennett. He also put together a nice chronicle of Bennett's musical career.

Greg Kot also has a nice tribute to Bennett and a "best of" roll.

Jeff Tweedy issued a statement on Monday that he is "deeply saddened by this tragedy."

5/26 UPDATE: An autopsy was performed on Bennett this morning, but more tests, including toxicology, are needed to determine a cause of death. It could be two weeks before these results are available.

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kenny / May 24, 2009 10:35 PM

So, so sad. Jay truly was an immense talent, and there's no question that he brought something special to Wilco during his time with him that exceeded even that immense talent.

Robyn / May 24, 2009 10:41 PM

This is an incredible loss. So sad to learn of this news.

Berklie / May 25, 2009 2:50 PM

Co-architect of history's best album: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

"Tall buildings shake,
Voices escape singing sad sad songs,
Tuned to chords strung down your cheeks,
Bitter melodies turning your orbit around."

Thank you for the music, Jay.

Mary / May 25, 2009 9:25 PM

According to news reports (and Wikipedia), Bennett died in his sleep. He wrote recently on MySpace about the need for hip replacement surgery.

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