The Cars' Ric Ocasek dies aged 75
Ric Ocasek, lead singer of pop-rockers The Cars, has died at the age of 75.
The singer was pronounced dead at home in Manhattan after his family called to report he was unresponsive, New York Police Department confirmed. There is currently no confirmed cause of death.
Ocasek formed The Cars in 1976 with friend and bassist Benjamin Orr after they met at high school in Boston.
Together with guitarists Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes as well as drummer David Robinson, the band would go on to record six studio albums and score hits like 'Just What I Needed', 'My Best Friend's Girl' and 'Good Times Roll'. They sold 23 million albums during their career.
The Cars split in 1988, with the members pursuing solo projects. They reunited 2010 and would record one subsequent studio album, though sadly without Orr, who died in 2000.
Away from The Cars, Ocasek recorded and released seven solo LPs.
He also enjoyed a successful career as a producer and was at the controls for Weezer's beloved 1994 self-titled album as well as records from The Cribs, The Wannadies and Guided By Voices.
Tributes to Ocasek have been flooding in and a selection are included below:
“It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, as long as it was deep.” There’s a #ricocasek lyric for you.— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) September 16, 2019
Rest In Peace, Ric Ocasek.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek. Great songwriter and singer for the Cars #RIPRicOcasek— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) September 16, 2019
Ahh man, say it ain’t so. I loved Ric Ocasek. What an interesting, smart, kind, funny man who made incredible records. I loved those Cars albums when I was a teenager. Perfect pop songs with those wicked elliot… https://t.co/SjtRU8OaJO— Flea (@flea333) September 16, 2019
We will remember #RicOcasek for many reasons-his friendship, his artistry, but most of all for his generosity. Here was a bona fide legend, who seemed to care as much about our record as we did. Which was a huge thrill, of course. A star through and through. RIP Ric, love you x pic.twitter.com/EvNjqzHotw— The Cribs (@thecribs) September 16, 2019
Feeling grateful for Ric. Had the opportunity to send him this email a couple years back. My first king. Thank you, thank you, thank you. pic.twitter.com/h4u8CXDhRg— The Killers (@thekillers) September 16, 2019
The weezer family is devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday. We will miss him forever, & will forever cherish the precious times we got to work and hang out with him. Rest in Peace & rock on Ric, we love you. #RIPRicOcasek #karlscorner pic.twitter.com/JcTXevr6V8— weezer (@Weezer) September 16, 2019