Robert Hazard Dies

Robert Hazard, 59, writer of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and leader of Robert Hazard & The Heroes, died unexpectedly after surgery in Boston August 5, according to his widow.

Hazard, who recently opened for Joan Jett, canceled a fall tour without explanation, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In recent years, he formed the country-tinged Hombres. He charted in 1982 with "escalator of Life," after a gushing two-page Rolling Stone article about the band, Hazard recently recounted to the Inquirer.