Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocalist of The Cars, Passes Away at Age 75

Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocalist of The Cars, Passes Away at Age 75

Ric Ocasek’s name was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 as the lead singer and songwriter for The Cars. Learn more
Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocalist of The Cars, Passes Away at Age 75
Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek -- an American musician, best known as the lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for rockband The Cars, popular in the 1980s -- has passed away at the age of 75. He died in his apartment in Manhattan and the cause of death has not been confirmed yet although the police confirmed that there was no sign of foul play. Ric is survived by his wife, model Paulina Porizkova, and six sons. Ric started his band in Boston in the mid-1970s with band-mate Benjamin Orr, who he knew from high school. They merged guitar rock with synthesizer-based pop, and their early hit songs included Just What I Needed, Drive, Shake It Up, My Best Friend's Girl and Good Times Roll.

In the late 1980s, the band broke up and Ocasek embarked on a solo career alongwith working as a producer for artists including Weezer, Bad Religion and No Doubt. He is known for producing Weezer’s debut 1994 album Weezer (aka as the Blue Album). Ric also produced the Green Album and Everything Will Be Alright in the End. As a member of The Cars, Ric’s name was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. 

Tributes have been pouring in from the music industry and fans. Weezer’s official Twitter account, sharing a collage of pictures of the late musician, wrote, “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.” Actor and comedian Rainn Wilson was heartbroken and tweeted, “I’m stunned and saddened by the loss of Ric Ocasek - he was a visionary who affected the lives and hearts of everyone who listened to music in the 80s. God Speed, Ric! Keep Moving in Stereo!”

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