The US musician Ric Ocasek is dead. The frontman and singer of the band The Cars died on Sunday at the age of 75 years in New York, police said. As the newspaper USA Today reported, there is no evidence of outside influence.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the band had a number of hits like “You Might Think”, “Shake It Up” and “Drive” – mostly with Ocasek's signature vocals. In 1985, The Cars also appeared at the Live Aid (in Philadelphia). The band broke up at the end of the decade, but in 2011 reunification took place.
Last year, The Cars and Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were inducted into the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ocasek was married three times and had six sons. His third wife was the former supermodel Paulina Porizkova, who had contributed to the video for “Drive”. She announced the break-up of Rick Ocasek last May.
The death message also caused grief to Ocasek's colleagues. “Such a great writer, player, producer,” rock star Peter Frampton wrote on Twitter about his colleague. “Rest in peace, I loved working with his band,” Billy Idol wrote on Twitter. Richard Marx declared, “You were a true original.” And actress and singer Bette Midler wrote about the Cars: “Incredible, their sound was the sound of a whole decade, snappy, mischievous, carefree, sarcastic and amusing.”