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March 20, 1937 - September 2008
| Age 71
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jerry Reed, a singer who became a good ol' boy actor in car chase movies like "Smokey and the Bandit," has died of complications from emphysema at 71.
His longtime booking agent, Carrie Moore-Reed, no relation to the star, said Reed died early Monday.
"He's one of the greatest entertainers in the world. That's the way I feel about him," Moore-Reed said.
Reed was a gifted guitarist who later became a songwriter, singer and actor.
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"Jerry and I went to the"picture sh one evening in Feb.,1950. Jerry stopped at a little store and bought some chewing tobbaco. It was very cold weather and he told me if I would swallow ..."
"Jerry and I were very close buddies in our boyhood days here in Georgia. Iloved the guy: he was my hero and I am greatly saddened at his passing but,thank God, we still have his music!"
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