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Who was Q Lazzarus? 'Goodbye Horses' singer reportedly passes away

Q Lazzarus recently died at the age of 59 (Image via Roxana Brusso/Twitter)
Q Lazzarus recently died at the age of 59 (Image via Roxana Brusso/Twitter)

Famous singer Q Lazzarus reportedly passed away on July 19, 2022. The news was revealed in an obituary shared on Jackson Funeral Home's website. Her cause of death is still a mystery.

Jackson Funeral Home's obituary also mentioned that she was working on a feature documentary about her life and music with filmmaker and friend Eva Aridjis. The obituary stated that the documentary is scheduled for release in 2023 alongside an album of songs that made her successful in the industry.

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Journey of Q Lazzarus in the music industry

Q Lazzarus' date of birth is not available at the moment. While a few websites state that she was born in 1960, others claim that she was born in 1965.

It remains unknown how she started her career in the music industry and what she used to do before that.

She was the founder of her band, Q Lazzarus and the Resurrection. She made music during the 80s and also worked as a taxi driver to manage her expenses every month.

Q Lazzarus made music until the 90s and disappeared from the industry (Image via Kule_WI/Twitter)
Q Lazzarus made music until the 90s and disappeared from the industry (Image via Kule_WI/Twitter)

Her band consisted of songwriter William Garvey, backup singer Gloriana Galicia, Janice Bernstein, and Mark Barrett. Galicia once stated that Lazzarus was a live-in housekeeper and au pair for a famous businessman named Swan in 1985.

However, the band used to record their vocals at Swan's residence and Lazzarus joined several other jobs at the time. Also known as Diane Luckey, she was initially rejected by record companies because of her dreadlocks.

However, she has been lucky since filmmaker Jonathan Demme once entered her taxi. Luckey asked Demme if he was into music and played her demo tape, which impressed Demme.

Demme then included her song Candle Goes Away in the 1986 action comedy romance film, Something Wild. The film and its soundtrack received positive reviews from critics and it was a box office success.

Lazaarus eventually became popular for her song Goodbye Horses, which was also added to the soundtrack of the 1988 crime comedy film, Married to the Mob and the 1991 psychological horror film, The Silence of the Lambs. Goodbye Horses was also used in other films, TV shows, and video games.

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Luckey also appeared in Demme's 1993 legal drama film, Philadelphia, performing a cover of the song Heaven by the band Talking Heads. Produced on a budget of $26 million, the movie grossed around $206 million at the box office and featured Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, and Joanne Woodward in the lead roles.

Q Lazzarus and the Resurrection disbanded in 1996 and Luckey was nowhere to be seen after that. After several years of speculation, she was found by Dazed in 2019 and stated at the time that she had retired from music and was making her living as a bus driver on Staten Island.

Edited by Prem Deshpande
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