Ric Ocasek dies 2019 at 75 - Obituary

Brenda Watkins
September 16, 2019

The Cars' frontman, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday, was praised for changing lives with his band's timeless music - and for having "the biggest, sweetest heart in the industry", as Weezer put it.

Ric Ocasek, frontman of the popular late 1970s and 1980s band The Cars, was found dead in his NY home on Sunday.

Ocasek's death was confirmed to ABC News by the New York Police Department. "He was pronounced dead at the scene", and the body was identified as Ocasek. They said there was no sign of foul play and that the medical examiner was to determine a cause of death.

Ocasek started The Cars back in the '70s and made a name for themselves with their 1978 song "Just What I Needed".

Ric Ocasek of The Cars speaks on stage during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction show in Cleveland, Ohio April 14, 2018.

Porizkova, who announced her amicable separation from Ocasek in 2018, shared a photo of the makeshift memorial on Instagram, writing, simply, "Thank you".

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Their 1984 ballad Drive was used as background music for footage of the Ethiopian starvation, and its re-release as a single after Live Aid helped raise money for the cause.

"Ben and I had a real cold war going that lasted about 23 years". They were husband and wife for 28 years until their split in 2017.

"So sad. Such a great writer, singer, player, producer", fellow classic rocker Peter Frampton said on Twitter of Ocasek.

In 2010, Ocasek reunited with the surviving authentic members of the Automobiles to file their first album in 24 years, Transfer Like This, which was launched in 2011.

"It's a private thing people can have for themselves any time they want. Rest in Peace and rock on Ric, we love you".

The group consisted of singer-songwriter Ocasek, bassist and singer Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson.

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