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R.I.P. Ric Ocasek of The Cars

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  • R.I.P. Ric Ocasek of The Cars

    GRAMERCY PARK, Manhattan — Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, died Sunday in his Manhattan home, an NYPD spokesperson said.

    Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive in bed at his East 19th Street home around 4 p.m., police said. Emergency medical services pronounced him deceased at the scene.

    The cause of death is not yet clear, but police said there was no sign of foul play.

    He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

    The Cars are known for classics including “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight,” Good Times Roll, "Shake It Up” and “You Might Think.”

    Ocasek, who sang, played guitar and wrote most of the band's songs, and Benjamin Orr, who played bass and also sang, were ex-hippie buddies who formed The Cars in Boston in 1976. They were a decade older than many of their modern-rock compatriots but became one of the most essential American bands of the late 1970s and 1980s with their fusion of new wave, 1960s pop and 1970s glam.

    Ocasek's minimalist, half-spoken deadpan vocals set made the band's sound, and his long, lanky appearance formed their lasting image.

    The Cars had 10 other singles in the Billboard top 40, and of their six studio albums, four were in Billboard's top 10.

    In May of 2018, model and actress Paulina Porizkova announced on social media that she and Ocasek had separated after 28 years of marriage. The pair first met while filming the music video for "Drive."


    The cause of the shocking Sept. 15 death of the Cars’ legendary Ric Ocasek has been revealed. According to an autopsy report released Monday by the New York City medical examiner’s office, Ocasek died of cardiovascular disease. Ocasek was 75.


    Thanks for the great music Ric, and Rest in Peace.

    Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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    RIP Ric Ocasek

    There are a few bands I listened to the 80's that still make it on my current playlists. The Cars are one of those bands I still listen to often. Was sad to see the news yesterday. One of the greats! RIP Ric Ocasek.

    I love so many tunes from The Cars, but "Hello Again" is probably always going to be my favorite....

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    • #3

      Great tune!!!! RIP Ric
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bronco51 View Post
          If you’re old enough to know why ‘Moving in Stereo’ was used in one of the greatest movie scenes are part of my tribe.
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          Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016