Ric Ocasek, whose sound was synonymous with the late 1970s and 80s, as the singer of the group Cars, died. He was 75 years old.
Ocasek was born in Baltimore, but he spent a lot of his time as a young adult in the Midwest, college at Antioch College and Bowling University’s Green State University before he met Future Cars fellow bassist Benjamin Orr. The two would eventually add guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson to round off the cars.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the same town where Ocasek met Orr, in 2018.
Ocasek’s death was confirmed at ABC News by the New York Police. He was found unconscious and who does not answer in bed at his home, the 19 Street in the city on Sunday afternoon.
A cause of death has not yet been determined.
Frazer Harrison / Musician Ric Ocasek is attending the 25th Anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person of the Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan at the Los Angeles Convention Center Feb. 6, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Cars sold tens of millions of records before they split in 1988. Their first five albums all went platinum.
The band is known for hits like “My Best Girl Friend,” “All I Needed” and “Good Time Riding.” “
He has also worked as a producer, often for back-and-forth alternative rock bands, such as Weezer, Guided Voice and the Bad Brains.
The singer has also been married to Paulina Porizkova’s model since 1989, before divorcing last year. The couple has two children.