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Accidental overdose kills Bennett

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – Former Wilco member Jay Bennett died of an accidental painkiller overdose, the Illinois coroner's office ruled.

Bennett, 45, died May 24 from fentanyl, a drug usually prescribed to treat chronic pain. The death was considered an accident. Bennett said he suffered from hip pain.

Bennett was a member of Wilco from the mid-1990s until "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" from 2002. He had a major falling out with lead singer Jeff Tweedy, leading to Bennett being fired from the band and recent law suits.

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