The Cars’ lead singer Ric Ocasek dies at 75 from ‘natural causes’ in his Manhattan townhouse

The Cars’ lead singer Ric Ocasek dies at 75 from ‘natural causes’ in his Manhattan townhouse

The lead singer of The Cars has died at the age of 75 after being found 'unconscious and unresponsive' in his Manhattan townhouse. Ric Ocasek was disc

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The lead singer of The Cars has died at the age of 75 after being found ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ in his Manhattan townhouse.

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 frontman was pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to have died from natural causes.

An NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com that Ocasek was 75 years old at the time he died, other reports have suggested he was 70. 

Ocasek and band The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April last year.

They were described as ‘hook-savvy with the perfect combo of new wave and classic rock,’ by the institution. 

Ric Ocasek (left) was pronounced dead in his Gramercy Park townhouse in Manhattan, New York, at the age of 75

Ric Ocasek (left) was pronounced dead in his Gramercy Park townhouse in Manhattan, New York, at the age of 75

Ocasek (left) found by estranged wife and supermodel Paulina Porizkova (right) in 'unconscious and unresponsive'

Ocasek (left) found by estranged wife and supermodel Paulina Porizkova (right) in 'unconscious and unresponsive'

Ric Ocasek (left) was pronounced dead in his Gramercy Park townhouse in Manhattan, New York, at the age of 75. He found by estranged wife and supermodel Paulina Porizkova in ‘unconscious and unresponsive’

(Pictured L:R) David Robinson, Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes of The Cars at the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio

(Pictured L:R) David Robinson, Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes of The Cars at the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio

(Pictured L:R) David Robinson, Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes of The Cars at the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio

Ocasek was found dead at around 4.14pm in his Gramercy Park home (above) in New York

Ocasek was found dead at around 4.14pm in his Gramercy Park home (above) in New York

Ocasek was found dead at around 4.14pm in his Gramercy Park home (above) in New York

At the time Ocasek told Rolling Stone: ‘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.’

The band originated in Boston in 1976 and two years later released their self-titled album which shot them to fame with hits that included ‘My Best Friend’s Girl.’

Ric Ocasek during his sophomore year at Maple Heights High School in Ohio, in 1961

Ric Ocasek during his sophomore year at Maple Heights High School in Ohio, in 1961

Ric Ocasek during his sophomore year at Maple Heights High School in Ohio, in 1961

Members included: Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Benjamin Orr, David Robinson.

They produced six records from the 1978 to 1987 of which there were 13 top-40 singles. 

In 1984 they won MTV’s Video of the Year award for the song ‘You Might Think’ from their fifth album.

The band are most known for their song ‘Drive’ being used as the soundtrack for a CBS video for Live Aid that showed the horrors of famine in Ethiopia. 

The film was broadcast to around 100,000 people inside the John F. Kennedy stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 13, 1985.

The emotional footage showed severely malnourished and emaciated children and parents while the synth pop-rock track played beneath it. The video was later replayed at Live 8 in 2005. 

The band broke up in the late 80s when Ocasek embarked on a solo career. 

After a long hiatus until 2011, The Cars released a new album called ‘Move Like This.’

This was the first album they put out without bassist Orr who died at the age of 53 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2000. 

The Cars released six records between the years of 1978 to 1987 (pictured L-R. Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Benjamin Orr, David Robinson)

The Cars released six records between the years of 1978 to 1987 (pictured L-R. Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Benjamin Orr, David Robinson)

The Cars released six records between the years of 1978 to 1987 (pictured L-R. Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Benjamin Orr, David Robinson)

Ocasek's estranged wife Porizkova, a former Czechoslovakian supermodel, released the following statement after the pair split last year (above)

Ocasek's estranged wife Porizkova, a former Czechoslovakian supermodel, released the following statement after the pair split last year (above)

Ocasek’s estranged wife Porizkova, a former Czechoslovakian supermodel, released the following statement after the pair split last year (above)

Ocasek recently listed his home on East 19 street in Manhattan for sale at over $15 million, after he and Porizkova announced their split in 2018.

The couple, who were together for 28 years, had two children together. 

At the time she wrote on Instagram: ‘Our family always has been – and still is – a well-built car. When the four of us are together, we can go wherever the road takes us.

‘But as a bicycle, my husband and I no longer pedal in unison. So we’re ditching the bike. 

‘The love we have for one another is so wide and deep it’s practically tangible, and that sort of love can never disappear.’

The musician previously listed songwriters who initially inspired him, which including Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Gene Vincent, to the Vinyl District

Ocasek said: ‘When the ‘60s came, of course I loved The Beatles, but I also loved the Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, and Frank Zappa.

‘I certainly always loved a good pop song. I always liked great songs, and it didn’t matter if it was from the Carpenters or Lou Reed. As long as they were done well and they weren’t corny or fake.’

Tributes are pouring in for the deceased musician on Twitter.

Fans shared their memories of the 'Drive' singer, famously heard beneath a Live Aid montage

Fans shared their memories of the 'Drive' singer, famously heard beneath a Live Aid montage

Fans shared their memories of the ‘Drive’ singer, famously heard beneath a Live Aid montage

One mourner called him 'one of the most influential bands in music'

One mourner called him 'one of the most influential bands in music'

One mourner called him ‘one of the most influential bands in music’

TV personality Nigel Barker remembered a moment he was able to meet Ocasek

TV personality Nigel Barker remembered a moment he was able to meet Ocasek

TV personality Nigel Barker remembered a moment he was able to meet Ocasek 

Another fan said Ocasek and the band 'brightened quite a few otherwise ugly days'

Another fan said Ocasek and the band 'brightened quite a few otherwise ugly days'

Another fan said Ocasek and the band ‘brightened quite a few otherwise ugly days’

One film critic said tit was impossible to think of their senior year without his music

One film critic said tit was impossible to think of their senior year without his music

One film critic said tit was impossible to think of their senior year without his music 

American television critic and Pulitzer Prize recipient Nussbaum remembered the star

American television critic and Pulitzer Prize recipient Nussbaum remembered the star

American television critic and Pulitzer Prize recipient Nussbaum remembered the star

Some recalled what an integral part Ocasek was in their childhood

Some recalled what an integral part Ocasek was in their childhood

Some recalled what an integral part Ocasek was in their childhood

One fan shared a passage that claimed Ocasek allowed them take home random stacks of records

One fan shared a passage that claimed Ocasek allowed them take home random stacks of records

One fan shared a passage that claimed Ocasek allowed them take home random stacks of records

Other mourners shared photographs of some of their treasured records including ones by Ocasek and The Cars

Other mourners shared photographs of some of their treasured records including ones by Ocasek and The Cars

Other mourners shared photographs of some of their treasured records including ones by Ocasek and The Cars

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