URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Jay Bennett, a former member of the band Wilco, has died at age 45.

A posting on the Web site of his record label Undertow Music Collective says Bennett died in his sleep.

Friend and fellow musician Edward Burch tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Bennett died at his Urbana home early Sunday and an autopsy was being performed.

A cause of death was not immediately available. A message left for the Champaign County Coroner wasn't immediately returned.

Burch says the family is mourning and unavailable for comment.

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

Earlier this month, he sued the band's lead singer Jeff Tweedy, claiming he was owed royalties for songs during his seven years and five albums with the group. 


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