The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek dead at 70

Frontman was 70 years old

The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek was found dead in his Manhattan townhouse on Sunday (Sept 15th). Page Six reports that Ocasek was discovered unconscious and unresponsive at around late Sunday afternoon inside his Gramercy Park pad by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova. Sources say he died from natural causes.

The Cars shot to fame in 1978 with their self-titled album. It featured their hits “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Just What I Needed.” The band released five more records through 1987 before disbanding until 2011 when they released their seventh studio album Move Like This without late-bassist Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000.

Other hits include “Good Times Roll,” “Magic” and “Shake It Up.” The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year where the band performed for the final time with Ocasek. Ocasek was the primary songwriter for the new wave American band that formed in Boston.

Ocasek is survived by Porizkova and two children.

Celebs took to social media to express their thoughts on Ocasek’s sudden passing.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.