Eric Weissberg, who had an unlikely hit with ‘Dueling Banjos’ in the 1972 film Deliverance, has passed away after a 5-year struggle with dementia.

He was 80.

His son, Will Weissberg, confirmed the musician’s death over the weekend.

“Eric Weissberg was a consummate musician, a solid and seemingly effortless player of stringed instruments of all kinds — banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, and string bass,” his lifelong friend and frequent collaborator Happy Traum wrote on Facebook.

In 1972, Eric was approached by music producer Joe Boyd asked if he’d record a cover of the 1954 instrumental “Dueling Banjos” for the movie Deliverance.

The song is played early on in the movie, when a group of four businessmen (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox) visit a remote gas station during a trip through a remote part of Georgia, in America’s south.

They come across a banjo player who performs the song as an impromptu duet with Cox’s character.

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Not gonna lie, it’s an unsettling scene that sets the tone for some of the horrific events that come later in the film.