Ric Ocasek, leader of the Boston-based rock band The Cars and an influential music producer, has died, a New York Police Department spokesman has confirmed.
According to reports, Ocasek was found unconscious Sunday afternoon at his townhouse in Manhattan. He was 75 according to NYPD, not 70. Read on for more details on how Ric Ocasek died…
CelebNMusic247.com has learned that the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner has revealed that Ocasek died of heart disease, specifically hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, with pulmonary emphysema as a contributing condition.
OCME also lists the singer’s age as 75.
Ric Ocasek was the lead singer of The Cars who were extremely popular in the late ’70s and 80s. Rick was a an iconic part of the 80s The Cars music is legendary and the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. – which defined them as “the ultimate New Wave dream machine: a hook-savvy super-charged quintet that fused ’60s pop, ’70s glam, and Avant-rock minimalism into a decade of dashboard-radio nirvana.”
The Cars came together in 1976 with musicians: frontman Ric Ocasek, bassist and vocalist Benjamin Orr, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboard player Greg Hawkes, and drummer David Robinson. Within a year, the group was signed to Elektra.
The Cars wove offbeat, New Wave elements into its sound and look that was a perfect match for the MTV age, such as in 1984’s “You Might Think,” which won the first-ever Video of the Year honor at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Late Sunday night, a post on Weezer’s Instagram account stated the band was “devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, [who] taught all of us so much about music, recording, and songcraft.”
The Cars have always been one of our all-time favorites next to Cheap Trick.
The Cars music will live on forever, thank you, Rick. You will be missed.