Falco, 40, killed in traffic accident

Hits included 'Der Kommissar,' 'Rock Me Amadeus'

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.”

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