Singer Ric Ocasek of The Cars has died at age 75

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Ric Ocasek, frontman for The Cars, has died, a spokesman for the New York Police Department has confirmed. He was 75.

As NBC New York reports, the musician was found Sunday afternoon after police responded to a call of an unconscious male at a Manhattan townhouse. He was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. Details of his cause of death have not yet been revealed.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction – Show - Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., 14/04/2018 – Ric Ocasek of The Cars performs on stage. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
Ric Ocasek, pictured performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2018, has died. (Photo: REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

In 2018, model Paulina Porizkova, whom Ocasek wed in 1989, revealed that the couple had been “peacefully separated for the past year.” The news came shortly after The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11:  Paulina Porzikova and Ric Ocasek attend the first annual Art Students League Of NY [STartUP] Gala at Art Students League on May 11, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Art Students League of New York)
Ocasek and wife Paulina Porizkova in May 2018. The couple, wed in 1989, announced their separation last year. (Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Art Students League of New York)

Along with the two sons shared with Porizkova — 25-year-old Jonathan and 20-year-old Oliver — Ocasek was father to four other sons, two each from his previous two marriages.

Born Richard Theodore Otcasek, the rocker also dabbled in acting, with a notable cameo in 1988’s Hairspray.

Tributes are already flooding in for the star, known for hits like “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Good Times Roll” and “You Might Think,” which won Video of the Year in 1984 at the first MTV VMAs. (Though Ocasek was featured heavily alongside future wife Porizkova in the video for “Drive” and is credited with writing the 1984 chart-topper, The Cars bassist Benjamin Orr actually performed those vocals.)

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