Ric Ocasek, The Cars Frontman, Dies at 75


Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of The Cars, has died. He was 75.

The musician was found dead in New York City on Sunday, according to Entertainment Weekly. The New York Police Department found Ocasek unconscious and unresponsive in his Manhattan townhouse, NBC News reported.

Police received a call around 4 p.m., according to NBC 4 New York, which also reported that Ocasek was pronounced dead at the scene. A cause of death is not yet known.

A spokesperson for Ocasek and the New York Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

Founded in 1976, The Cars became titans of rock’s New Wave genre, scoring 13 Top 40 hits including “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Just What I Needed,” “Shake It Up” and “Drive.”

The band disbanded in the late 1980s but reunited in 2010. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Last May, Ocasek and wife Paulina Porizkov split after 28 years of marriage. “Our family always has been — and still is — a well-built car,” Porizkova wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “When the four of us are together, we can go wherever the road takes us. But as a bicycle, my husband and I no longer pedal in unison. So we’re ditching the bicycle.”

Porizkova added, “Ric and I have been peacefully separated for the past year. The photos of our happy family are, in fact, happy family photos; we are just no longer a couple.”

The pair — who had two adult sons together, Jonathan and Oliver — first met while filming the music video for The Cars’ song “Drive” in 1984.


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