Authorities say former Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett died of an overdose of a pain killer, and that they're investigating his death as an accident. Champaign County (Ill.) Coroner Duane Northrup says tests show the 45-year-old musician died after taking fentanyl, a drug found in patches commonly prescribed to treat chronic pain.
Bennett died May 24 after being found unresponsive in his home in Urbana. He worked as a sound engineer and played instruments for Wilco in 1994-2001. Bennett sued Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy in early May. Bennett claimed he was owed royalties for songs during his 7 years with the group.