Ric Ocasek, singer of the group The Cars, was found dead Sunday, September 15 at the age of 75. New York Police (NYPD) received a call around 2 p.m. “for an unconscious man“and”his death was pronounced on the spot“, said a spokesperson. The site Page Six gave further details.
It was the singer’s wife, model Paulina Porizkova, to whom he had been married since 1989, who discovered his body after going out to buy a coffee. On Instagram, she revealed he was home to regain strength after surgery. “Our two sons, Jonathan and Olivier, and myself made sure he was comfortable, ordered food and watched TV together. I thought he was asleep when I brought him his coffee on Sunday morning. I touched his cheek to wake him up. That’s when I realized he was peacefully gone overnight“she said.
Shortly after the announcement of Ric Ocasek’s death, the daily USA Today indicated that the death did not appear suspicious. This has just been confirmed by the city’s medical services, in charge of the autopsy. On Monday September 16, they indicated that the singer was died of heart disease.
With Ocasek on the mic, The Cars produced hits like You Might Think, Shake It up or Drive in the 1980s. The band then split up during that decade, then reformed in 2011 after Ric Ocasek wrote songs that he believed would make them better played with his former partners, according to USA Today. The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year alongside Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.