News - September 16, 2019

The Cars' Ric Ocasek dies aged 75
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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:

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