Jay Bennett's death ruled an overdose
And the story gets sadder.
Looks like it was no hedonist's death for former Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett, nor a suicide, but an accidental overdose arising from Bennett's attempts to treat a ruinous sore hip.
It was an injury that had caused him much prior devastation-- his health insurance refused to cover his treatment, calling it a pre-existing condition, and the financial ruin it brought about drove him to unsightly extremes, most notably his attempted suing of former Wilco bandmate Jeff Tweedy.
The whole thing is a nightmare, really. It's one thing when Bon Scott chokes on his vomit, or when Kurt Cobain suicides-- you hear those stories, and you're sad but not all too surprised.
But Bennett was a guy who wasn't asking for it at all-- not even one little bit. He shied from the limelight, and quietly continued his industry as a prolific songwriter, guitarist, and engineer.
As of now, the death is still being investigated as an accident. More details as they emerge.