I just heard the Smokey and the Bandit music and then learned Jerry Reed passed away at 71 due to complications from emphysema.
I have a few good memories of him. I'll bet anyone who is around my age can identify with all of these:
Of course, Snowman in the Smokey movies.
Coach Red Beaulieu in The Waterboy
And an episode of Scooby Doo - The Phantom of the Country Music Hall. Remember it? No one could find him - they could hear him singing because he was locked up in the basement.