'His music was a gift to us all': Music industry mourns The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek

The music world is mourning Ric Ocasek, the frontman and lead singer for The Cars, who was found dead in his New York home on Sunday.

The Cars, a Boston quintet famed for hits like “Drive,” “Shake It Up” and “Just What I Needed,” broke through in 1978, and Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson and Benjamin Orr were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. (Orr, the band's original bassist and singer, died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.)

The Cars split up in the late '80s, then reunited in 2011 with much fanfare, after Ocasek found himself with a new batch of songs and a sense that they required company.

"Life is short," he told USA TODAY while promoting the group's album "Move Like This." "I knew it would be more interesting than if I got anybody else."

Obituary: Ric Ocasek, lead singer for new-wave icons The Cars, found dead at 75

In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Ric Ocasek of the Cars arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year event at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. Ocasek, famed frontman for The Cars rock band, was found dead in a New York City apartment. The New York City police department said officers responding to a 911 call found the 75-year-old Ocasek on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

The official Instagram account for Weezer shared a lengthy remembrance for Ocasek, who produced three albums for the group and "taught all of us so much about music, recording and songcraft.

"But more importantly he taught us that one can be in a respected position of great power and yet be absolutely humble and have the biggest sweetest heart in the industry," Weezer's tribute continued. "Ric was so kind to us, and never faltered or changed a thing either professionally or personally in the 3 different decades we worked with him. When you were his friend, it was for life, and he was always as generous as could be with his time and care."

The Killers shared an email frontman Brandon Flowers sent to Ocasek a few years ago.

"I just wanted to reach out and make you aware of my gratitude for you and your band's contribution to my life," Flowers' email read. The Cars' "Greatest Hits" album set him "on the path towards the adult I would become, towards the job I have (which is the best job in the world), even towards the woman that I would be blessed to marry. So..... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU"

"Aw man, RIP #ricocasek and thank you for the songs on 'Heartbeat City' alone," tweeted Richard Marx. "You were a true original."

"much love to your family," Courtney Love wrote on Instagram. "#cars were one of the great bands."

"Sorry 2 hear about #ricocasek RIP loved his work with the band #Suicide," Billy Idol tweeted, referencing the band Suicide, which Ocasek produced.

"RIP Ric Ocasek," tweeted Bryan Adams. "Great songwriter and singer for the Cars #RIPRic Ocasek"

Brian Ray, guitarist for Paul McCartney, mourned the loss of "one of the most gifted songwriter/producers of the post-punk era."

"He was so kind and his music was a gift to us all. Thank you for the hooks and the music, Ric," he tweeted.

Contributing: Kim Willis, Susan Haas and Elysa Ga

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