The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers hailed Ocasek as "my first king", sharing an email he sent to the late singer some years ago.
Under Ocasek's leadership, The Cars brought quirky electronic effects of new wave to classically structured pop songs, generating a string of hits such as You Might Think, Shake It Up and Drive in the 1980s.More news: Tropical Storm Humberto tracker: Could new storm SMASH Florida as hurricane?
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The band's self-titled debut album, featuring the singles "Just What I Needed", "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Good Times Roll", reached Number 18 on the Billboard album charts. Bass player and vocalist Benjamin Orr, who grew up in Lakewood and Parma, died in October 2000 of pancreatic cancer.
As well as scoring 13 USA top 40 singles and five top 10 albums as the leader of The Cars, Ocasek also released several solo projects, including Beatitude and 2005's Nexterday.
He also worked as a producer, often for up-and-coming alternative rock bands, like Weezer, Guided by Voices and Bad Brains. Relaxation in Peace & rock on Ric, we love you.
New York Police confirmed to the Washington Post that officers responded to a 911 call on Sunday afternoon. The two filed for divorce in 2018 after 28 years of marriage, but the divorce had not yet been finalized.