Rock star Ric Ocasek found dead in NYC apartment

Lawrence Kim
September 16, 2019

Ocasek and his band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Reuters could not immediately confirm those reports.

The spokesman declined to say if the deceased was identified as Ocasek.

The band is known for hits like "My Best Friend's Girl", "Just What I Needed" and "Good Times Roll". However, the New York Post cited sources who reported the singer-songwriter died of natural causes with no sign of foul play.

Musicians have begun paying tribute to Ocasek on Twitter, with New Pornographer's AC Newman saying, "I will never stop imitating the first Cars album".

The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek died today.

The band reached the height of its popularity with the release of "Heartbeat City" in 1984, which produced hits such as "You Might Think" and "Magic", which featured Ocasek on lead vocals. Porizkova had appeared in the band's acclaimed "Drive" video. Ocasek made headlines in 2016 when he pulled his approval of a sample on Car Seat Headrest's Teens of Denial, forcing Matador Records to destroy physical copies of the album.

He is survived by six sons, and his wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova. The two would separate in 2018 following 28 years of marriage. After graduating high school he had stints at Antioch College and Bowling Green State University in the mid-1960s before dropping out to pursue music.

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