Frontman for groundbreaking rock band The Cars, Ric Ocasek, dead at 75

Ric Ocasek of the Cars performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Cleveland in 2018. Ocasek was found dead Sunday in a New York City apartment

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of ‘The Cars’, Found Dead in New York Home

While details surrounding his death are still unclear, an NYPD spokesperson confirms Ocasek was "found unresponsive" at his Manhattan townhouse on Sunday. The pair met while shooting the video for 1984's "Drive" and had two children together.

Ocasek was the frontman and started the band The Cars in the '70s and had a string of hits including "My Best Friend's Girl", and "Good Times Roll".

Away from the band, private Ocasek Wednesday model Porizkova.

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The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just past year, where they reunited to perform at the induction ceremony. They were a decade older than many of their modern-rock compatriots but became one of the most essential American bands of the late 1970s and 1980s with their fusion of new wave, 1960s pop and 1970s glam.

As well as scoring 13 US 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.

The band split up in 1988, and Orr died of pancreatic cancer at age 53 in 2000. He worked with Bad Brains, Suicide, D Generation, No Doubt, Motion City Soundtrack and oversaw Weezer's self-titled "blue" debut album as well as their 2001 self-titled "green" album and 2014's Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

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

Part of that burgeoning music scene, the band formed in 1976 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ric Ocasek, The Cars Frontman, Dies at 75
The two formed a succession of bands and operated in OH and MI before relocating to Boston in the early 1970s. The album helped lead the way for new wave's influence on rock music throughout the following decade.


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