Autopsy Reveals Cause of Jay Bennett's Death

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Chicago Sun Times

Fentanyl is a drug commonly found in patches used to treat chronic pain. Bennett was recovering from a hip injury at the time of his death and had reported intense hip pain in a blog post on his MySpace a few weeks earlier. In the same post, Bennett wrote that he was speaking from "an overall feeling of positive energy, gained from knowing that I am now moving in the right direction."

In addition to his multi-instrumental contribution to Wilco from 1996-2001, Bennett released a collaborative effort with Edward Burch that preceded his four solo studio albums. Before he passed, he was finishing up a fifth album and working on a handful of other projects.

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