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