The lead singer of The Cars and legendary producer Ric Ocasek has sadly died at the age of 75 it has been confirmed.
Yesterday, September 15th, police arrived at Ocasek’s New York townhouse to find the artist unconscious it has been reported by NBC 5. When the NYPD arrived they found Ocasek in his bed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Born in the tough streets of Baltimore, Maryland, Ocasek moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio while he was an adolescent. It would be the start of his glittering career as that would be the location he would meet bassist and singer Benjamin Orr who, along with some other bands, would work with Ocasek to form The Cars in Boston in the mid-to-late seventies.
Ocasek was born March 23, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio as a teenager. That was where he first met bassist/singer Benjamin Orr, with whom he would collaborate in several bands, including Milkwood and Capn’ Swing. They formed The Cars in Boston in 1976 with guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson (formerly of The Modern Lovers).
The new wave band, along with Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, and Dave Robinson found success with albums like The Cars, Candy-O, and Heartbeat City. The Cars broke up in 1988, but they found time to reunite in 2010 to record a new album. Last year they were even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ocasek also became known for producing albums and records for some incredible bands like Suicide, Bad Brains, Weezer, Bad Religion, No Doubt, The Cribs and Guided by Voices, among others.
While tributes begin to pour in for the legendary artist read Weezer and Billy Idol’s below
The weezer family is devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday. We will miss him forever, & will forever cherish the precious times we got to work and hang out with him. Rest in Peace & rock on Ric, we love you. #RIPRicOcasek#karlscornerpic.twitter.com/JcTXevr6V8