The 75-year-old Cars singer Ric Ocasek died naturally of heart disease, as the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office stated on Monday afternoon. The lead singer and primary songwriter for the Hall of Fame band The Cars was found lifeless by his ex-wife Sunday afternoon.
The cause of the unexpected death of Ric Ocasek has been published. According to an autopsy report released Monday by the New York City medical examiner’s office, Ric Ocasek died of cardiovascular disease. Ocasek was 75 when he died.
It’s not obvious how long Ocasek, born Otcasek, had been suffering from heart disease, but the specific cause of death was recorded as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque in the veins that can cause thickening and/or narrowing in the heart muscle. Pulmonary emphysema was additionally a relevant factor.
Additionally, Ocasek’s wife, model, and actress Paulina Porizkova posted a statement on Instagram and said “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,” she added. “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.”
Jonathan and Oliver additionally tweeted, via the Cars’ official account, the final drawing by their father, a gifted mixed-media artist who always showcased his drawings, photo collages, and paintings. “Our dad was a prolific doodler. His passing was sudden, unexpected, and beyond heartbreaking. Yesterday, we found this last doodle in his armchair. He couldn’t have known what it would end up meaning to us. We love him so much.” Ocasek’s charming pen-and-paper sketch reads, “Keep on laughin’. It is what it is.”
Additionally, Porizkova took to Instagram after Ocasek died, to praise the fans who have left flowers and vigil candles outside Ocasek’s Manhattan townhouse.
Porizkova and Ocasek met in 1984 on the set of the Cars’ music video for “Drive.” They married in 1989 and share two adult boys. In 2018, Porizkova declared she and Ocasek had separated after 28 years of common life.
Nevertheless, Ocasek, recognized for his lanky frame and different vocals, was the group’s lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter. The group made their mark with a series of hits in the late ’70s. They reached their top popularity in the ’80s thanks to MTV-friendly videos, including “You Might Think.”
It was on the ballad “Drive” that Ocasek met his third wife, model Paulina Porizkova. The couple was married for 28 years. Porizkova announced their separation last year, Likewise shortly after the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“I’d like to thank my loving family because they know me pretty well but still like me anyway,” Ocasek joked throughout the ceremony.
After The Cars broke up in 1988, Ocasek went on to produce hit albums for younger bands, including Weezer, securing his musical legacy will continue for ages to come.
The legendary bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea shared a unique photo of The Cars singer Ric Ocasek on his certified Instagram account today. he wrote an emotional letter to his old-time friend Ric Ocasek, who died yesterday. He said in his letter:
“Ahh man, say it ain’t so. I loved Ric Ocasek. What an interesting, smart, kind, funny man who made incredible records. I loved those Cars albums when I was a teenager. Perfect pop songs with those wicked Elliot Easton guitar solos. Absolute candy. Then he went and produced Rock For Light by the Bad Brains. As an adult, I met him several times and he was gracious, funny and engaging.
Ahh man. Ahh damn. Bless his soul. R.I.P. Transcend to the other side, Ric. So much love and appreciation from me. You’re All I Got Tonight.”
FOcasek’s granddaughter Olivia also said: “A shock is the least I can say – my dad, my uncles, my grandmothers, my cousins, the grandchildren (including myself) have lost someone who has left an enormous impact on those surrounding him – the greatest gift he ever gave me was his first child – my dad – the most incredible person known to man – he also blessed me with my incredible uncles who will forever be my male role models. What influence on the world he had.”
What influence on the world he had really. his fans will remember him with his arts for long!