RIP Robert Hazard.

Robert Hazard, a songwriter and musician from Philadelphia who wrote the 1983 Cyndi Lauper hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," has died. Hazard's lesser known song, 1982's "Escalator of Life," is an all time Waist High favorite.

He was 59.

Robert Hazard's music career spanned more than 30 years.

Hazard died Tuesday after a brief illness, his record label, Rykodisc, said in a statement. His wife, Susan, told The Philadelphia Inquirer her husband died unexpectedly after surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Hazard, born Robert Rimato, led the band Robert Hazard and the Heroes, a fixture in Philadelphia clubs through the mid-1980s. In his autobiography, he wrote that he got his big break in 1982 when music journalist Kurt Loder, who was in town to review a Rolling Stones concert, happened to stop into a bar where he was performing. "Escalator of Life" became a hit soon after.

Recently, he has played country music with a band called The Hombres. His latest album Troubadour was released in October.

In recent years Hazard and his wife ran an antique shop near their home in Old Forge, New York.

Photo courtesy: Robert Hazard
Material: cnn.com