NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jerry Reed, a singer who appeared in the ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ movies, has died of complications from emphysema at age 71, his longtime booking agent said Tuesday.
Carrie Moore-Reed, who is no relation to the star, said Reed died early Monday morning. Reed was a gifted guitarist who later became a songwriter, singer and actor.
As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, he had a string of hits that included ‘Amos Moses,’ ‘When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,’ ‘East Bound and Down,’ and ‘The Bird.’
In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ with Burt Reynolds, ‘Gator,’ ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘High-Ballin’.'”
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