Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the Cars, dies aged 75

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Ric Ocasek, lead singer the 1980s band the Cars, has died at the age 75.

New York Police confirmed to the Washington Post that ficers responded to a 911 call on Sunday afternoon. Ocasek was pronounced dead at the scene, with no sign foul play.

The Cars topped the charts in the late 1970s and 80s, with 13 top-40 singles including Just What I Needed, Shake It Up, Good Times Roll and Drive. The band’s sound helped kick f the new wave movement, and saw them and Ocasek inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame in 2018.

The Cars broke up in 1988, after which Ocasek focused on his solo career. He recorded seven solo albums in total, and produced records for Bad Brains, Guided by Voices and Hole, as well as The Blue Album and the Green Album by Weezer.

Musicians have begun paying tribute to Ocasek on Twitter, with New Pornographer’s AC Newman saying, “I will never stop imitating the first Cars album. His influence will always stay with me.”

Carl Newman

I will never stop imitating the first Cars album. His influence will always stay with me. RIP and Thank You to Ric Ocasek.

September 16, 2019

Mike Portnoy 🤘

In the late 70’s, in between my obsessions for Kiss, the Ramones, The Clash & The Sex Pistols, I also was a big fan The Pretenders, the B-52’s, the Police, Devo & The Cars…the 1st two albums are classics from start to finish. Sad to hear Ric Ocasek’s passing #RIPRicOcasek pic.twitter.com/mlIBnVVL80

September 16, 2019


The first Cars album is literally perfect; there might not be a better debut ever. The rest the catalog is untouchable.

Ric Ocasek was the architect. Nobody could combine pop hits with straight up weirdness like he could.

What a body work, what a cool guy. Rest in power.

September 16, 2019

He is survived by six sons, and his wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova.