'My Sharona' songwriter passes away in California

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The Knack‘s frontman Doug Fieger has died of cancer, aged 58.

Fieger – who wrote the band’s huge 1979 hit ‘My Sharona’ – died on February 14 in California. He had been suffering from lung cancer since 2005, reports US TV channel ABC7.

Sharona Alperin, the muse for ‘My Sharona’, paid tribute to Fieger, explaining: “Doug changed my life forever. He left on Valentine’s Day, a day of heart and love, and that was Doug, all heart and love.”

‘My Sharona’ sold over a million copies in the US in its year of release, and has enjoyed continued success since around the world since then.

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