Ex-Wilco Member's Death Caused By Overdose on Pain Killer
Bennett Died From Fentanyl
Ex-Wilco Member Jay Bennett (Chicago Tribune file photo)
Tests showed Bennett died from fentanyl, often prescribed to treat chronic pain, said the coronor, Duane Northrup.
Bennett, who died May 24 at his home in Urbana, had posted a few weeks earlier on his MySpace site that he would need hip-replacement surgery.
"A decade plus of multiple nightly stage jumps and various other rock and roll theatrics had finally taken a toll that I could no longer merely deal with or ignore," he wrote, but added that he did not have health insurance to cover costs of the surgery.
Bennett, born in northwest suburban Rolling Meadows, was a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and engineer in Wilco from 1994 to 2001, when he departed the band acrimoniously.
Bennett sued Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy in early May, claiming he was owed royalties for songs during his seven years with the group.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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