Doug Fieger, power pop hit-maker for The Knack, has died at 57 in his Woodland Hills, California, home according to reports. Best known for the 1979 #1 smash, "My Sharona," the singer-songwriter had reportedly battling lung and brain cancer for years.

"Sharona" was an obsessively catchy track about one of Fieger's real-life girlfriends, and the bouncy cut off the band's debut album, Get the Knack, scored another jolt of fame in the mid '90s when it appeared on the Reality Bites soundtrack.

In January, in one of Fieger's last interviews, the Detroit-born rocker sounded at peace, when he told the Detroit News:

"Everybody knows they're going sooner or later. I don't know any better than anyone else when I'm going. I've had 10 great lives. And I expect to have some more. I don't feel cheated in any way, shape or form."

Rock on.


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