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Ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett dies

Former Wilco band member Jay Bennett has died at age 45.

The multi-instrumentalist died in his Illinois home on Saturday night. The cause of death has not been revealed. A message on the Web site of his record label Undertow Music explained that he died “in his sleep.”

Bennett played with Wilco from 1994 to 2001, leaving the Americana band because of a fall out with band leader Jeff Tweedy.

Earlier this month he sued the band for $50,000, claiming he was owed royalties for albums he worked on while in the band.

In addition to his work with Wilco, Bennett was a session musician, playing with artists including Sheryl Crow.