‘Goodbye Horses’ musician Q Lazzarus has died, aged 61

Lazzarus' track memorably featured in 'The Silence of the Lambs', and has been covered by numerous artists in recent years

Q Lazzarus, the musician best known for her 1988 hit song ‘Goodbye Horses’, has died.

Lazzarus, real name Diane Luckey, passed away last month at the age of 61 following a short illness. Her death was confirmed by an obituary that was posted on the website of the Jackson Funeral Home in New Jersey.

Lazzarus, who fronted the band Q Lazzarus And The Resurrection, is best known for the track ‘Goodbye Horses’. Written by her bandmate William Garvey, ‘Goodbye Horses’ later featured in the films Married To The Mob (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Lazzarus also appeared in-person in the 1993 film Philadelphia in a scene where she covered Talking Heads’ ‘Heaven’. All three movies were directed by Jonathan Demme, who first met Lazzarus in the 1980s while she was working as a cab driver in New York City.

Lazzarus retreated from the public eye in the mid-90s. After being approached by Dazed in 2019, she confirmed that she had retired from music and was working as a bus driver in Staten Island.

The Jackson Funeral Home obituary notes that, at the time of her death, Lazzarus was “finishing work on a feature documentary about her life and music with filmmaker and friend, Eva Aridjis”.

“The film will be released in 2023, along with an album of songs spanning her entire musical career,” it adds.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Aridjis said: “Over the past three years, Q became one of my closest friends and we were in touch almost daily, sometimes to talk about the film or her music but mostly just to talk about our lives and everyday matters.

“Q had one of those life forces that you simply can’t imagine being extinguished or ceasing to exist, because it was so vital and radiant and exuberant. Despite having had a very hard life, she was not jaded at all. On the contrary – she was full of enthusiasm, passion and humour. And she was also full of plans. At the time of her death, we were planning a ‘comeback concert’ with some of her original bandmates.”

‘Goodbye Horses’ has been subsequently covered by the likes of Bloc Party‘s Kele Okereke, Chino Moreno’s ††† (Crosses) side project, MGMT, Jon Hopkins and Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe.