Doug Fieger, lead singer of American new wave band The Knack, has died over the weekend at his California home. The singer had been battling lung cancer for the past half-decade and ultimately lost the battle on Valentine's Day.
Fieger, who passed away aged fifty-seven as reported by Detroit News, was best known for his hit single with The Knack, entitled "My Sharona". Released in 1979, the song spent six weeks atop the charts and was awarded the Billboard Hot 100 Number one single of the year. The song also appeared in the cult nineties movie Reality Bites, as well as the iPod playlist of former President George W. Bush.
Aside from The Knack, Fieger also worked with bands such as Sky and Triumvirant, both of which he played the bass for. He also produced the debut album by the band Rubber City Rebels.
In 2006, he underwent brain surgery to remove two tumors. The year before, he had half a lung removed in surgery after being diagnosed with lung cancer. In spite of his illness, The Knack were still together and touring right up to Fieger's death.
Fieger did not marry or have children. He is survived only by his family - his brother, Geoffery, broke the news of his death. A statement is still to be released by the Fieger family.