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East Bound and Down, Jerry Reed dead at 71



Jerry Reed, whom most of The Juice* faithful will remember not for his songs but as Snowman in Smokey and the Bandit, has died of complications from emphysema at 71.

His longtime booking agent, Carrie Moore-Reed (no relation) said Reed died early Monday, the AP reports.

"He's one of the greatest entertainers in the world. That's the way I feel about him," Moore-Reed said.

As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, Reed had a string of hits that included Amos Moses; When You're Hot, You're Hot (which won a Grammy); East Bound and Down; and The Bird. But besides Bandit, he also starred in the Burt Reynolds-directed Gator and 1998's The Waterboy with Adam Sandler.

"I used to watch people like Richard Burton and Mel Gibson and think, 'I could never do that,' " Reed said in a 1998 interview. "When people ask me what my motivation is, I have a simple answer: Money."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:59am]


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