Former THE KNACK drummer BRUCE GARY has died of lymphatic cancer. He was 54. The Los Angeles-based rocker was propelled to fame with his stuttering rhythm on the band's 1979 smash hit MY SHARONA. It sparked an explosion of novelty cover songs, bumper stickers and Gary's distinctive opening was even sampled by rappers like Run Dmc. Despite the single's huge success, The Knack's follow-up efforts were critically panned and Gary quit the band in 1981 to spend time drumming for ARTHUR LEE, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Albert King, Rod Stewart and George Harrison, among others. In 1990 he served as a drum teacher on director Oliver Stone's biopic THE DOORS.