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The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek found dead in Manhattan townhouse

Ric Ocasek performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Cleveland in 2018 Ric Ocasek performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Cleveland in 2018
Lora Ball | 16 September, 2019, 10:14

Ric Ocasek, frontman and lead singer of New Wave innovators The Cars, was found dead on Sunday, US police said.

However, one NYPD spokesperson confirmed that Ric was "found unresponsive" in his own home earlier today and was pronounced dead at the scene. They said there were no signs of foul play and that the medical examiner was to determine a cause of death.

The band is known for hits like "My Best Friend's Girl", "Just What I Needed" and "Good Times Roll".

Ocasek was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame past year.

Musicians have begun paying tribute to Ocasek on Twitter, with New Pornographer's AC Newman saying, "I will never stop imitating the first Cars album".

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He was known for his mop of black hair and black sunglasses, which featured in numerous band's videos, including "You Might Think" in 1984. The band had 13 top-40 singles including "Shake It Up", "You Might Think", "Tonight She Comes", and its highest-charting track, "Drive".

Ocasek founded the group in 1976, the biography said. Benjamin Orr, who cofounded The Cars, died in 2000.

In addition to releasing solo albums, Ocasek also produced records for many other acts.

The band broke up in 1988 but Ocasek continued to work as a producer for bands such as Weezer, Guided by Voices and Bad Brains, ABC News reports.

Last year, Ocasek and supermodel Paulina Porizkova, his wife of 28 years, announced that they were separating after 28 years of marriage.

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