Ric Ocasek’s family has announced the news of The Cars frontman’s death.
On Monday, Ric’s wife Paula Porizkova has informed that her husband has died “peacefully” in his sleep.
Ms. Porizkova posted on Instagram, “Ric was at home recuperating very well after surgery.”
She continued, “Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I was 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.”
New York Police Detective Martin Brown has confirmed that police were called to Ric’s residence around 4 PM on Sunday. “Upon arrival, police found a 75-year-old male unresponsive in bed,” said Brown, “He was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York has concluded that he died of natural causes, directing that atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease was the cause of death, with pulmonary emphysema a contributing condition.
Ric suffered from high blood pressure, cholesterol, a chronic lung condition, and substances in his arteries.
Paula Porizkova further said, “We appreciate the great outpouring of love,” adding that “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.”
In an Instagram post, it was signed, “From the Ocasek Family.”
The Cars is a Boston quintet, which is popular for hits like “Shake It Up”, “Drive”, and “Just What I Needed,” broke out in 1978 and Elliot Easton, Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, Benjamin Orr, and David Robinson were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
Ric never stopped marveling at the spectacle of pop stardom.
In 1987, he was quoted saying, “It’s a long way from standing by a phone booth in the rain in Cambridge waiting for a call from L.A. to see if someone listened to our demo,” adding that “the first time you ever see your name in print, when you have nothing else, you can live on that for months, even if they spelled it wrong. Later, all the successes that mount up are extremely easy to forget. You can’t go back and live on those.”
He and his wife got separated in 2018. The couple met when she starred in the video “Drive” in 1984.
Announcing their breakup in May 2018, Porizkiva wrote on Instagram: “Our family has always been — and still is — a well-built car. When the four of us are together, we can go wherever the road takes us.”
It further reads, “But as a bicycle, my husband and I no longer pedal in unison. So, we’re ditching the bicycle.”
“The photos of our happy family are, in fact, happy family photos; we are just no longer a couple. The love we have for one another is so wide and deep it’s practically intangible, and that sort of love can never disappear. Expect to keep seeing happy family photos,” added Ms. Porizkiva.