Jay Bennet regrettably passed before his time on Monday 05.25.09, he was 45 years old. At this point and I will update later, the causes are not known – though it has been confirmed he did die in his sleep.
Jay, who joined Wilco in 1994, right after the recording of their first album “A.M”. Jay played keyboards, guitars and a few other instruments on “Being There”, the follow up album.
Jay is unfortunately best known for his volatile exit from Wilco, which was a topic in the 2002 feautre, ” I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.” Jay and band leader Jeff Tweedy did not share the same opinions however, but Tweedy himself yesterday released a statement acknoledging Bennett’s “significant contribution” to Wilcos’s “songs and evolution.”
As a huge fan myself, you will be missed.