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Former Wilco Sideman Jay Bennett Dies in Urbana

Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy says he's "deeply saddened'' by the death of former band member Jay Bennett.

The 45-year-old Bennett was found dead early Sunday in his Urbana home. Tweedy said in a statement Monday that Bennett made "significant contributions'' to Wilco's songs and the band's evolution. Tweedy said Bennett would be remembered "as a truly unique and gifted human being.''

Bennett worked as a sound engineer and played instruments for Wilco from 1994 to 2001.

An autopsy was planned for Tuesday by the Champaign County Coroner.

Earlier this month, Bennett sued Tweedy, claiming he was owed royalties for songs during his seven years and five albums with the group.

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