Breaking: Ric Ocasek of The Cars Has Passed Away (1944-2019)

It was only a couple of days ago that we shared the news about the passing of Rock singer Eddie Money, and now we must add to the sadness and share the news about the passing of the great Ric Ocasek of the legendary New Wave Rock band The Cars. Reports cite that the NYPD was called to investigate an “unresponsive male” in his apartment by Paulina Poritzkova (his estranged wife). It would end up being Ric and he was pronounced dead on the scene. The musician was 75 years of age. No COD is available at this early time but when more information comes to light I will surely update this memorial posting.

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Ric Ocasek by Jim Spellman for Getty Images 2019

“Ric was at home recuperating very well after surgery. Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together. I found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee. I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then I realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on. We appreciate the great outpouring of love. We, his family and friends, are completely and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private…from the Ocasek Family”

Speaking personally, its without question that my love of the music of The Cars was a great one. I owned the debut album when it was a new release on the record store racks and probably purchased my copy of it at a place called The Record Factory. I don’t think I grabbed it from The Little Record Store since that was generally where I was purchasing Metal from. I was over the moon about the self-titled debut release and let’s face it, if you are a fan of a certain age then you can agree about how often you would hear this bands music on the radio stations of the day. As a wanna be musician back in the day, I even learned my fair share of the mans music on the drums and sang some backup vocals when it was necessary. It was timeless stuff that I still greatly enjoy to this very day. I only saw the original lineup of The Cars during their tour for the album “Shake It Up” from 1981. The opening act was Nick Lowe and while the band played every song that I expected to hear I felt that the concert was a tad short in terms of time. I was new to this practice of seeing bands and most had played almost two hours but that show by The Cars was just under an hour (or so it seemed). I was 16 years old at the time and really didn’t have a lot of concerts under my belt.

As always, this isn’t a rundown on Ric’s life or anything and is instead my own personal reflection on his importance to me. That other stuff is so deeply documented over on Wikipedia and I’ve added the link to Ric’s listing down below. Now that I’ve shared my own beginnings on Ric and his music with The Cars, what are yours? You can chime in down in the comments section below. On behalf of our humble little outlet on the Internet, I wish Ric’s family, friends and worldwide fans the deepest of condolences. Thank you for all of the amazing songs for so many years. May you Rest In Peace.

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