Ric Ocasek Dies; The Cars Singer Was 75

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More sad news out of the music world this week.

Multiple sources have now confirmed that singer-songwriter Ric Ocasek -- best known for his work with legendary rock group The Cars -- has passed away.

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Ocasek was found unresponsive in his New York City townhouse by estranged wife Paulina Porizkova.

He was 75 years old.

His passing comes just days after the death of Eddie Money, another legend of the 1980s rock scene.

During his time as frontman of The Cars, Ocasek wrote and recorded such iconic hits as “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Just What I Needed,” “Shake It Up” and “Drive.”

Ocasek was one of the founding members of the group, which disbanded in 1988 after 12 years as the chief pioneers of the New Wave genre.

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The Cars briefly reunited in 2010, releasing the critically acclaimed comeback album Move Like This.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

“It’s certainly a wonderful feeling to be accepted by peers and you see the people that are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who gets inducted, it’s a positive feeling that you get,” Ocasek told Rolling Stone at the time.

In addition to his work with The Cars, Ocasek was one of the most sought-after producers in rock for several decades.

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For many rock aficionados, his studio work with bands like Weezer, Hole, and Bad Religion is as memorable as the many infectious pop melodies he created with The Cars.

Following news of his passing, many artists who worked with Ocasek or simply admired his work took to social media to pay tribute.

"The whole weezer family is devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday," the band wrote on Instagram.

"Ric meant so much to us. He produced 3 key weezer albums, Blue, Green and 2014's 'Everything...', and taught all of us so much about music, recording and songcraft. But more importantly he taught us that one can be in a respected position of great power and yet be absolutely humble and have the biggest sweetest heart in the industry.

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"Rest In Peace #ricocasek I know all of the band hole loved working with you, much love to your family .. #paulina #cars were one of the great bands," wrote former Hole singer Courtney Love.

"Ahh man, say it ain’t so. I loved Ric Ocasek. What an interesting, smart, kind, funny man who made incredible records. I loved those Cars albums when I was a teenager," recalled Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"Perfect pop songs with those wicked elliot easton guitar solos. Absolute candy. Then he went and produced Rock For Light by the Bad Brains. As an adult I met him several times and he was gracious, funny and engaging."

The loss of Ric Ocasek is a tremendous one for music fans of all generations.

Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.

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