The Cars’ lead singer Ric Ocasek dies at 70 from ‘natural causes’ in his Manhattan townhouse

The lead singer of The Cars has died at the age of 70 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.

Initially there was some confusion over his age but according to official documents the singer was 70 years old. Other reports had suggested he was 75. 

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 70

Ric Ocasek (left) was pronounced dead in his Gramercy Park townhouse in Manhattan, New York, at the age of 70

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 70. 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.’

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. 

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

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. 

After taking 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. 

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.  

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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)

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