The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek dies aged 75

Monday, 16 Sep, 2019

Music lovers are lighting a candle in honor of legendary rock-star Ric Ocasek.

Ric Ocasek was discovered by estranged wife Paulina Porizkova at around 4.14pm inside his Gramercy Park home in New York, Page Six reported. The cause of death is not known at this time.

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers hailed Ocasek as "my first king", sharing an email he sent to the late singer some years ago.

Ocasek and the rest of the Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

The songwriter and guitarist - finest recognized for songs like Simply What I Wanted and Drive - was found useless in his Manhattan condominium on Sunday afternoon, in keeping with Related Press.

Ocasek and his seminal new wave band The Cars shot to fame with their self-titled hit album in the 1978, which included hits such as "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Just What I Needed". The surviving members reunited for a final album, "Move Like This", in 2010. During the ceremony, Ocasek paid tribute to Orr, who died in 2000 of pancreatic cancer.

Altogether, The Cars had 13 Top 40 hits before breaking up in 1988.

The Cars continued to gain prominence behind the New Wave band's subsequent albums, 1979's Candy-O, 1980's Panorama, 1981's Shake It Up, 1984's Heartbeat City and 1987's Door To Door.

He was an acclaimed producer, working with artists including Bad Brains, Nada Surf, Bad Religion and Guided By Voices. The two would separate in 2018 following 28 years of marriage.

"Ric meant so much to us and taught all of us so much about music, recording and songcraft".