On this day 16 years ago, Austrian superstar Falco (Johann Holzel) was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Here’s his 1982 international hit “Der Kommissar.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.