Cars front-man Ric Ocasek dies at 75 - PM


"It's kind of weird because it's like a lifetime", Ocasek told the magazine, looking back at the history of The Cars.

According to Page Six, Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive at 4:14 p.m. Sunday in his New York City townhouse by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova.

The Cars were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their decades-long contributions to music in 2018. Sources reported that Ocasek's death appears to have been from natural causes.

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.

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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.