Ric Ocasek, frontman and lead singer of 1980s band The Cars, has been found dead in New York. He was 75. According to a report in USA TODAY, the NYPD received a call on Sunday and were asked to come at the singer's residence. Ric was pronounced dead with no sign of foul play.
The Cars, were famous for hits like “Drive,” “Shake It Up” and “Just What I Needed." The other members of the band were, Benjamin Orr, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, and Prairie Prince. They split up in the late '80s, then reunited in 2011 with a new set of songs.
Ocasek was married to supermodel Paulina Porizkova for thirty years, until their split last year. They have two sons together, Jonathan and Oliver.
Several fans have begun paying tribute to Ocasek on Twitter.
In the late 70’s, in between my obsessions for Kiss, the Ramones, The Clash & The Sex Pistols, I also was a big fan of The Pretenders, the B-52’s, the Police, Devo & The Cars...the 1st two albums are classics from start to finish. Sad to hear of Ric Ocasek’s passing #RIPRicOcasek pic.twitter.com/mlIBnVVL80— Mike Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy) September 16, 2019
I will never stop imitating the first Cars album. His influence will always stay with me. RIP and Thank You to Ric Ocasek.— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) September 16, 2019
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars,has died at age 75.— Eric Alper ? (@ThatEricAlper) September 16, 2019
Inducted into the Rock Hall in 2018, the band had 13 top-40 singles, including radio staples like "Good Times Roll" and "Just What I Needed." pic.twitter.com/jrvl41EVTN
Ugh. How horrible. The Cars were one of my very first rock loves. One of my most cherished memories is hanging out w Ric back in 2008 while on #ColbertReport w him. He was so gentle (I was a nobody) and tolerated all my qs about @thestrokes sound and him. https://t.co/nnIg3F8hht— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) September 16, 2019