Q Lazzarus, the secretive singer behind the song "Goodbye Horses" by The Silence of the Lambs, passes away at age 61.

Films by Jonathan Demme frequently included music from the cult artist from the 1980s.

The cult classic 1988 song "Goodbye Horses," which was used in The Silence of the Lambs, was performed by Q Lazzarus, who passed away at age 61.

Lazzarus' obituary, which was written by the Jackson Funeral Home and published in the Asbury Park Press at the end of last month, said that

she passed away on July 19 following a brief illness. Her real name was Diane Luckey. 

Lazzarus's death was verified to EW by Eva Aridjis, a filmmaker and close friend who first broke the news to Rolling Stone.

In a statement, Aridjis said that during the last three years, Q "became one of my closest friends and we were in touch virtually daily.

Q possessed a life force that was so lively, brilliant, and vivacious that it was impossible to picture it being destroyed or ceasing to exist. 

She went on to say, "Despite having had a very difficult life, she was not at all jaded. "She was, on the other hand, brimming with zeal, passion, and humor. She also had a lot of plans.

We were organizing a reunion show with several of her original bandmates at the time of her passing. Knowing I won't see her again breaks my heart, and I feel terrible for her family."

Before her passing, Lazzarus had spent the previous three years collaborating with Aridjis to produce a film about her life and music. It will include previously unreleased songs and stories from the late vocalist.