This week started off with the very sad news that ex-Wilco multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett passed away in the very early hours of Monday morning. Though still no cause of death has been identified, his family has issued their statement via his mailing list. Hoping to clear up some potential rumors and end things on a high note, they sent out a mass e-mail yesterday [May 27] morning.
The email states that "Jay was in a really good place these past few years" and that, contrary to common perception, he looked back on his seven years with Wilco both fondly and proudly. He was knee-deep in work on another solo album and was also taking graduate classes to pursue his "umpteenth degree" at the time of his death.
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