Published: Mon, September 16, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Frontman for groundbreaking rock band The Cars, Ric Ocasek, dead at 75

Frontman for groundbreaking rock band The Cars, Ric Ocasek, dead at 75

Ric Ocasek, whose sound was synonymous with the late 1970s and '80s as lead singer of the band The Cars, has died.

The Cars frontman was found dead in his New York City residence on Sunday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Ocasek's death was confirmed to ABC News by the New York Police Department.

There were no signs of foul play in the 75-year-old's death, newspaper USA Today reported.

The Cars continued to rack up the hits with songs like "Good Times Roll", "Shake It Up", "Magic", "Drive" and "You Might Think".

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, where they reunited to perform at the induction ceremony.

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Ocasek had recently placed the home where he was found on the market after he and Czech supermodel Porizkova announced their split in May 2018.

Porizkova was 18 when she starred alongside Ocasek in the 1984 music video for "Drive", directed by actor Timothy Hutton. The townhouse in which Ocasek passed was put on the market earlier this year.

He grew up in Baltimore, and his family moved to Cleveland when he was a teenager. RIP and Thank You to Ric Ocasek.

"Ben and I had a real cold war going that lasted about 23 years".

English punk rocker Billy Idol wrote: "Sorry to hear about Ric Ocasek RIP".

"It's a private thing people can have for themselves any time they want". Ocasek made headlines in 2016 when he pulled his approval of a sample on Car Seat Headrest's Teens of Denial, forcing Matador Records to destroy physical copies of the album. We didn't turn the dial when they came on the radio (and these guys were ALL over the radio)!

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