R.I.P. Jay Bennett

The former Wilco guitarist and Titanic Love Affair founding member passed away in his sleep Saturday night. Bennett was a key contributor to the first half of Wilco’s discography, and his contentious relationship with frontman Jeff Tweedy was famously chronicled in the film I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. A few weeks ago Bennett blogged that he was looking forward to completing another solo album Kicking At The Perfumed Air while recovering from an imminent hip replacement surgery, which he could no longer postpone despite being uninsured. Tweedy released this statement today: “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.” You can read more on the musician’s career at Chicago Sun-Times.