Sad news to report as Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, frontman and founder of The Cars, Ric Ocasek died Sunday afternoon.
Police pronounced the 75-year-old dead after he was discovered unresponsive in bed at his Manhattan apartment by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, says TMZ.
According to sources speaking to Page Six, the cause of death is believed to be from natural causes.
Ocasek and the band were inducted into the Rock Hall last year, performing several of their hits.
News of Ric Ocasek’s passing reverberated through the rock world on Sunday, with several artists taking to social media to offer their tributes to The Cars founder and frontman.
“So sad. Such a great writer, singer, player, producer. My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace,” said Peter Frampton, while Bryan Adams echoed those sentiments. Billy Idol reminisced on Ocasek’s work in the band Suicide.
Weezer said they are “devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek,” who produced their debut self-titled mega-hit as well as their third record.
The Hold Steady are fans of The Cars and walked out on stage Sunday to “Since You’re Gone,” posting the concert clip afterward with the caption, “RIP Ric Ocasek”.
Here’s my video tribute to Ric. I loved the video for ‘You Might Think’ when I was a kid. Now it kind of creeps me out… but I still love it.