Bennett was a key multi-instrumentalist and songwriter in Wilco for seven years, but split with the band in 2001 while they were putting final touches on their biggest breakthrough, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Subsequently, Bennett released five solo albums and was finishing his most recent album, Kicking at the Perfumed Air, in the past couple months.
**Update: Jeff Tweedy has posted a comment on Wilco’s official site:
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.