Ex-Wilco Member, Jay Bennett, Passes Away

Former Wilco multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jay Bennett passed away in his sleep early Sunday morning, he was 45. The cause of death is still unknown and an autopsy will be performed.

Bennett was an integral member to Wilco’s songwriting process and was especially important on the band’s Being There, Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot albums. He was asked to leave after the latter album’s completion by Jeff Tweedy.

Tweedy posted a statement on the band’s site that can be found here, it reads:

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