Jay Bennett of Wilco Dead at 45May 25th, 2009 - 8:14 pm ICT by GD
Jay Bennett, rock musician and former member of the Wilco band died on Sunday morning in his home in downstate Urbana, according to a family spokesperson. He was 45. No cause was offered for his death, although Edward Burch, friend ad musician who worked with Bennett on the 2005 album “The Palace at 4 a.m.” said, “Early this morning, Jay died in his sleep and an autopsy is being performed.” His family was said to be in deep mourning and not available to comment.
In the late 1980s, Bennett formed a band called Titanic Love Affair in Urbana, Ill., which ran well into the 90s. He then spent seven years as a member of the adventure rock band Wilco. He broke away from them in 2001 and went solo after that while also running a recording studio called Pieholden Suite Sound in Champaign, Ill.
Bennett’s walking away from Wilco was bitter and was documented in “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” Then in May this year he filed a lawsuit against former band leader Jeff Tweedy for a violation of contract and due artist’s royalties from his participation in the film.
In April, Bennett had written on his MySpace blog that he was trying to deal with intense pain resulting from a hip injury that happened when he dived off the stage while he was still playing with Titanic Love Affair. He said he wanted to have a surgery done but that he did not have health insurance. He had also said that he was looking forward to finishing his fifth album “Kicking at the Perfumed Air”.
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