Rocker Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, dead at 75

Carla Harmon
September 16, 2019

Lead singer for The Cars Ric Ocasek, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday, law enforcement sources told the New York Post.

Ocasek, whose identity was confirmed by police, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

The band's sound helped kick off the new wave movement, and saw them and Ocasek inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The pair first met while filming the music video for "Drive".


The band alone had 13 top 40 hit singles, which would then jumpstart Ocasek's very successful career in producing.

Ocasek's vocals also featured heavily around the Live Aid marathon in 1985, as The Cars' hit Drive was chosen as one of the event's unofficial anthems.

"It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said.

Ocasek also released several solo albums, including Beatitude (1982), Fireball Zone (1990), Troublizing (1997) and Nexterday (2005).


The Cars broke up in the late 1980s, before reuniting later in 2010-11.

The Cars' frontman Ric Ocasek has died at the age of 75. 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.

His third wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, announced in May 2018 that the couple had separated after 28 years of marriage.


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