Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, died of heart disease, according to the New York City medical examiner’s office. Ocasek died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to a press release Monday from the medical examiner’s office. There was a contributing condition of pulmonary emphysema. The manner of death was natural.
Model Paulina Porizkova, who separated from Ocasek last years, posted on Instagram that he had been recuperating at home following surgery. She was at the home helping their children care for their father when she found him while bringing coffee. “I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then I realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on.”
Ocasek and The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The band had 13 Top 40 singles and four Top 10 LPs, according to the biography.
Ocasek was 75-years-old. RIP