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Rock Me Amadeus' Singer Dies In Car Crash

Falco sport utility vehicle collides with bus in Santo Domingo

February 9, 1998 12:00 AM ET

Falco, a classical music wunderkind-turned-two-hit wonder, died in a traffic accident Friday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic two weeks shy of his 41st birthday.

The Austrian musician, born Johann Holzel, emerged in 1982 with the synth-heavy Top 40 smash "Der Kommisar" and then re-emerged four years later with the equally-poppy, No. 1 hit "Rock Me Amadeus."

According to AP reports, Falco suffered a fatal head injury when his sport utility vehicle collided with a bus as he was pulling onto a highway near the resort of Puerto Plaza.

Although Falco had few hits in the U.S., the prodigal artist recorded more than ten albums (not including various "best of" and "remix" packages) during his career and was believed to have just completed a new record prior to his death.

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