Ric Ocasek, lead singer for The Cars and inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has passed away at age 75.
The incredible thing about the Cars is that they used the same tools as everyone else and sounded absolutely nothing like anybody else.
— Robert Ker (@bobbker) September 16, 2019
As first reported by NBC in New York, the story goes that police received a call today around 4pm for an “unconscious male at a townhouse on East 19th Street.” It was then reported that he had been pronounced at the scene and law enforcement sources already confirmed the deceased was Ocasek according to NBC New York.
The family shared a statement the following day stating that Ocasek had been recuperating after a surgery and was being well taken-care-of at home with his wife and two tons. Sad news.
Also, just look at this photo of Ocasek and his supermodel wife Paulina Porizkova with Bowie and Iman! So much glamour pic.twitter.com/z2U6xAvZ6P
— Matthew Perpetua (@perpetua) September 16, 2019
Some fan tributes and messages have been posted on social media which we’ve collected below.
R.I.P. Ric Ocasek https://t.co/efzpDHpJT2
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) September 16, 2019
RIP to a total legend and revolutionary Ric Ocasek from The Cars, who also produced a bunch of albums including this one.https://t.co/UXV9SP6NU7
— Spose (@spizzyspose) September 16, 2019
R.I.P. RIC OCASEK: Greatly saddened to hear that Ric Ocasek of The Cars has passed away. I'll always remember as a kid that EVERYONE loved the band. The Rockers, the Punks, the New Wavers, and the Pop fans all dug 'em. They were the one band we could all agree on. #RicOsasek
— Lou Brutus (@LouBrutus) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek. Huge Cars fan, saw them a buncha times live, met Ric a few times and he was super sweet guy. pic.twitter.com/qhowS9vIoY
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek. Among so many perfect ones, this is a desert island song for me. Just the catchiest damn thing. https://t.co/F20EzC2TeG
— John Lingan (@johnlingan) September 16, 2019