Surf guitar pioneer Eddie Bertrand has died, aged 67.

The Belairs star is perhaps best remembered for co-writing and performing on 1962 surf-rock hit Mr. Moto.

Bertrand became a staple of the California rock scene throughout the 1960s, also fronting Eddie and the Showmen.

He was a regular performer until 2010, when he fell and broke both his hips.

He passed away on Saturday (03Nov12) after a fight with cancer.