The Cars singer Ric Ocasek has died, aged 75

16 September 2019, 09:17

Ric Ocasek
Ric Ocasek. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

Ric Ocasek, the frontman and guitarist of The Cars, has passed away at the age of 75.

The musician died at his New York home on Sunday (September 15). The cause of death remains unconfirmed.

The Cars were one of the leading bands of the new wave movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The band formed in Boston in the mid-1970s by Ocasek and Benjamin Orr, after meeting at high school. Orr died back in 2000 from pancreatic cancer.

They later scored huge hits with songs including 'Just What I Needed', 'My Best Friend's Girl' and 'Good Times Roll'.

Their 1984 ballad 'Drive' was also used as background music for footage of the Ethiopian famine during Live Aid, and its re-release helped raise money for the charity drive.

Ocasek later had a solo career, and produced for artists such as Weezer, Bad Religion and No Doubt.

Ocasek is survived by his wife, model Paulina Porizkova, and six sons.

Tributes have come in from the music world: