UPDATE: 'The Cars' Singer Ric Ocasek Died of Heart Disease at 75

Rebekah Sager
September 16, 2019 - 2:31 pm

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Lead singer of 'The Cars,' Ric Ocasek was found dead Sunday at his New York City townhouse at the age of 75.

According to CNN, and a press release from the 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.

New York City Police were called to his residence and Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive at 4:14 p.m. by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova.  He was pronounced deceased on scene.

Ocasek reportedly appears to have died from natural causes.

Ocasek and his band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Ocasek started The Cars in the 1970s and their hit 1978 song "Just What I Needed," put them onto the map. The group went on to create such hits as "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "Bye Bye Love" and others.

Ocasek recently put the townhouse on the market following his separation with Porizkova in May 2018.  The two were together for 28 years and share two children.