Ric Ocasek, The Cars Frontman, Dies at 75

Ric Ocasek, The Cars Frontman, Dies at 75

Ric Ocasek, The Cars Frontman, Dies at 75

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of 1980s USA band The Cars, has died aged 74.

The NYPD confirmed that he was found dead after they received a call for an unconscious male at his townhouse. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The band made their mark in the 1970s with high-polish, hook-ready hits such as Good Times Roll, My Best Friend's Girl, Just What I Needed, It's All I Can Do and Let's Go.

Ric Ocasek of The Cars  Michael Tran  FilmMagic
Ric Ocasek of The Cars Michael Tran FilmMagic

The band broke up in the late-'80s, as Ocasek embarked on a solo career.

The band released their final album, Move Like This, in 2011. The pair first met while filming the music video for "Drive", another Cars hit. The two formed a succession of bands and operated in OH and MI before relocating to Boston in the early 1970s. He performed with the band during the induction ceremony in Cleveland. The band was then described as "hook-savvy with the ideal combo of new wave and classic rock", according to NBC New York.

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"It's kind of weird because it's like a lifetime", Ocasek told the magazine, looking back at the history of The Cars. The album helped lead the way for new wave's influence on rock music throughout the following decade.

In a review from that summer, New York Times critic Robert Palmer succinctly described their sound as a combination of "punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the 50's rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop".

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Along with the two sons shared with Porizkova - 25-year-old Jonathan and 20-year-old Oliver - Ocasek was father to four other sons, two each from his previous two marriages.

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