Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, dead at 75

Posted by on September 16, 2019 12:53 am
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By Megan Lavey-Heaton | mheaton@pennlive.com

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, was found dead at a Manhattan townhome on Sunday. He was 75. (Note: some sites are reporting that Ocasek was 70, but reports from 2018 say otherwise.)

NBC New York reported that a 911 came in around 4 p.m. reporting an unconscious male. Ocasek was pronounced dead at the scene. His death comes a year after the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1976, The Cars won Video of the Year at the first MTV Music Awards for “You Might Think.” After breaking up in 1988, the original surviving band members reunited in 2010 to record a new album. They reunited once more for the 2018 Hall of Fame induction.

Ocasek’s death comes days after the death of another stalwart of the late 1970s and 1980s – Eddie Money.

Ocasek had separated from his wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, in 2018. He is survived by Porizkova and six sons, two from each of his marriages.

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