Falco, a classical music prodigy who turned to pop music and had a 1986 hit with “Rock Me Amadeus,” died Feb. 6 in a traffic accident in Santo Domingo. He was 40.
The Austrian-born singer and songwriter, whose original name was Johann Holzel, suffered a severe head injury when his sport utility vehicle collided with a bus as he was pulling onto a highway near the resort of Puerto Plata.
Falco’s albums featured the synthesizer-based pop rock that was popular in the 1980s. His hits included “Der Kommisar,” “Rock Me Amadeus” and “Vienna Calling.”