Musicians pour in memorials for The Cars singer Rick Ocasek

By mbrooks on September 16, 2019
FILE – Rick Ocasek attends the “Florence Foster Jenkins” New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

By Matthew Brooks

The lead singer of The Cars, Rick Ocasek, has died.

The NYPD has confirmed that police were called to Ocasek’s residence in New York City on Sunday.

The police has received a call about an “unconscious male”

Ocasek’s wife, Paulina Porizkova, found him unconscious and unresponsive at 4:14 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

CNN states that he reportedly died from natural causes.

Porizkova and Ocasek separated in 2018.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame received Ocasek and The Cars in 2018.

Ocasek says that his influences came from musicians that are among the fathers of rock.

“As a songwriter, oddly enough, my influences were people like Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, and Buddy Holly. Some psychedelic stuff, too,” he said.

The Cars has 13 Top 40 singles.

In the 1970s, The Cars were put on the map with hits like “Just What I Needed.”

The band continued its popularity with “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Good Times Roll,” and “Bye Bye Love.”

Memorials poured in from the world of music.

Ocasek was known for his good-natured attitude.

“Sometimes people say that bands sound like The Cars, but when I hear it I do not know if they do or not,” Ocasek had once said.

On his style of performing in his own way, he remarked how artists bring their personalities to the stage.

“I don’t think I’m an entertainer. I never think, ‘Wow, I can’t wait to get the crowd moving.’ Some of my favorite bands never moved an inch.”

Ocasek is survived by his six sons.

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