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Lora Ball | 19 September, 2019, 14:32

The lead singer of The Cars, Ric Ocasek was found dead in a townhouse in New York City on Sunday.

Ric Ocasek, 75, died from heart disease on September 15, according to New York City's Chief Medical Examiner and reported by TMZ.

Ric Ocasek was the ideal rock star for outcasts, misfits and geeks.

Among those hailing Ocasek was Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.

In a 1979 interview with Rolling Stone, Ocasek said he "started immediately writing" songs after he dropped out of college, and started a band for the most pragmatic reason: "Sometimes I'd put together a band just to hear my songs", he said. I loved those Cars albums when I was a teenager.

"Perfect pop songs with those wicked Elliot Easton guitar solos".

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He was an acclaimed producer, working with artists including Bad Brains, Nada Surf, Bad Religion and Guided By Voices. Transcend to the other side Ric. We actually did prepare for a week in advance, plotting the characters and emotions, and pretty much determining what the song's mood was about. "It's a positive feeling that you get". "Thank you", she wrote.

Ocasek and Orr had been plying the music trade for years, first in a folk format, Richard and the Rabbits, and later as Milkwood and Cap'n Swing. "We love him so much", they said, including a photo of the drawing.

She added, "Rick and I have been peacefully separated for the past year".

Ocasek was also known for his marriage to Czech supermodel Paulina Porizkova. The pair first met while filming the music video for "Drive", another Cars hit.

After news broke late Sunday that The Cars lead singer had died at the age of 75, Porizkova spoke out Monday afternoon, thanking friends and family for the outpouring of love they have received in recent hours. The Cars managed to please both punk-rock fans and a far broader pop audience, reaching into rock history while devising fresh, lush extensions of it. Soon he was in Boston starting bands, and the rest is music history. And it meshed wonderfully with the greater pliability of fellow Cars vocalist Orr, who sang on the band's impossibly infectious breakout 1978 single, the Ocasek-penned "Just What I Needed". The band made their imprint within the 1970s with high-polish, hook-prepared hits impartial like "True Times Roll", "My Most productive Buddy's Lady", "True What I Wished", "It's All I Can Assemble" and "Let's Stir".

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