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May 25, 2009 12:33 AM Subscribe
posted by Rangeboy (67 comments total)
member Jay Bennett has died
The Chicago Sun-Times
that the 45-year-old Bennett died in his sleep in Urbana, Illinois, where he ran a recording studio.
Bennett was best known for his work
as a multi-instrumentalist
with Wilco. He joined the band shortly after the release of its debut album, A.M.
, and served as bandleader Jeff Tweedy's creative foil during the recording of the band's next two albums, Being There
During the recording of the band's fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
, the tension between Bennett and Tweedy reached a breaking point. Sam Jones' 2002 documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
depicted the worsening relationship between the two men and Bennett's eventual ejection from the band
Since leaving Wilco, Bennett released five solo albums. Just a few weeks ago, Bennett filed suit against Tweedy
for breach of contract
, claiming that he never signed a release for his appearance in the Jones documentary. Bennett was seeking $50,000 in what he claimed were unpaid royalties from the film in order to pay for hip surgery. According to Pitchfork
, Bennett was working on a sixth album at the time of his death.