LONDON (AP) _ Bob Herbert, the man behind the Spice Girls, has been killed in a car accident. He was 57.

Herbert, who brought the Spice Girls together and lately managed the teen pop group Five, was killed instantly Monday afternoon, according to RCA, Five's record company.

Herbert died after he lost control of his car in heavy rain and it collided with another car in Windsor, west of London. Two people in the other car were injured.

Herbert and his son, Chris, sought candidates for the Spice Girls via an ad in a trade magazine in 1996. They chose and drilled the five young women, who went on to international pop stardom.

The group later fired Herbert in favor of another manager, and their number was reduced to four when Geri Halliwell _ Ginger Spice _ quit the group last year.

``We were all shocked and saddened to hear the news,'' the Spice Girls said in a statement Tuesday. ``Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family. We know he will be sadly missed.''

Five is on a promotional trip in South America and was unavailable for comment.

Herbert, who lived in Camberley, south of London, is survived by his wife, Ann, daughter, Nicky, and son, Chris, who is co-manager of Five.

Funeral arrangements were not announced.