Jay Bennett, master of many instruments and member of Wilco from 1994-2001, died early Sunday in downtown Urbana, Ill, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A friend told the Sun-Times that Bennett died in his sleep, and that an autopsy would be performed. Bennett worked with Wilco on its acclaimed albums Being There, Summerteeth, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, though his relationship with band leader Jeff Tweedy became contentious during the making of this last album, and he left the band. Their differences were laid bare in the Foxtrot making-of documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, and just last month Bennett had filed suit against Tweedy for breach of contract and unpaid royalties for the film.
Remembering Jay Bennett on EW’s Music Mix:
Jay Bennett: RIP