Doug Bennett, actor, video director and lead singer of the Canadian "party" band Doug and Slugs, died Saturday (Oct. 16) in Calgary, Alberta. He was 52. Bennett was admitted to hospital on Oct. 9, suf

Doug Bennett, actor, video director and lead singer of the Canadian "party" band Doug & the Slugs, died Saturday (Oct. 16) in Calgary, Alberta. He was 52. Bennett was admitted to a hospital on Oct. 9, suffering acute symptoms from what his former keyboardist Simon Kendall described in a statement as "a long-standing illness."

The Toronto-born Bennett moved to Vancouver in 1973 and formed Doug & the Slugs in 1977. During its '80s heyday, the band released six albums through its own Ritdong label, distributed by RCA Records of Canada. Among the band's Bennett-penned domestic hits were "Too Bad," "Day By Day," "Making It Work" and "Tomcat Prowl."

Bennett issued the solo album "Animato!" in 1986 on A&M Records Canada. Despite personnel changes, Doug & the Slugs had continued to tour through 2004.