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Sun Sep 15, 2019, 09:22 PM

The Cars' singer Ric Ocasek dead at 75 -- reports (updated)

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Source: Omaha World Herald-AP

NEW YORK (AP) Ric Ocasek, famed frontman for The Cars rock band, has been found dead in a Manhattan apartment.

The New York City police department said officers responding to a 911 call found the 75-year-old Ocasek at about 4 p.m. on Sunday. They said there was no sign of foul play and that the medical examiner was to determine a cause of death.

The Cars chart-topping hits in the late 1970s and 1980s included "Just What I Needed," ''Shake It Up" and "Drive." The band was inducted last year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In May of 2018, model and actress Paulina Porizkova announced on social media that she and Ocasek had separated after 28 years of marriage. The pair first met while filming the music video for "Drive."



Rick Ocasek attends a media event prior to his art show 'Abstract Reality' at Wentworth Gallery on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Invision/AP)

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Ric Ocasek (singer) at the MTV video music awards on Sept. 14, 1984. (AP Photo)

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Reply The Cars' singer Ric Ocasek dead at 75 -- reports (updated) (Original post)
Omaha Steve Sep 15 OP
dickthegrouch Sep 15 #1
Perseus Sep 15 #8
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bucolic_frolic Sep 15 #3
MustLoveBeagles Sep 15 #4
JohnnyRingo Sep 15 #5
icymist Sep 15 #6
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JudyM Sep 16 #19
OnlinePoker Sep 15 #9
jb5150 Sep 16 #14
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TexasBushwhacker Sep 16 #20
OnlinePoker Sep 17 #21
sandensea Sep 15 #10
Javaman Sep 15 #11
fantase56 Sep 16 #12
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LuvLoogie Sep 16 #15
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 09:37 PM

1. RIP Ric

I loved your music.

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Response to dickthegrouch (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 10:54 PM

8. Unique voice, and wonderful music

My favourite is "Heartbeat City", I can listen to it over and over.

Sorry he is gone.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 09:40 PM

2. oh no

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 09:50 PM

3. Hope it was peaceful

I'm the wrong person to ask about music. I recognize the lyrics or I'd never know who they were talking about.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 09:51 PM

4. RIP

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 10:06 PM

5. Another sad note.

As fellow boomers approach that age I find my cultural heroes leaving, one by one.

I just saw Donnie Iris and The Cruisers last night in Kent Ohio. At 76 he hopped and pranced the stage like Mick Jagger. He still has the scream, and I'm glad we got together at the same concert before one of us departs. I'm not taking that for granted.

It would have been nice to see Ocasek one more time too. I saw them in the '80s when The Cars opened for Dire Straits.

Goodbye Ric, and thanx.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 10:07 PM

6. Oh man!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 10:48 PM

7. One more from the soundtrack of my life n/t

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 01:21 PM

19. Exactly what I thought/felt.

How much fun it was partying to the Cars back then.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 10:57 PM

9. Eddie Money and, now, Ric Ocasek

I wonder who the third will be.

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 01:42 AM

14. I'm hoping the third is .... wait for it ....

. Ted Nugent

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Response to jb5150 (Reply #14)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 09:42 AM

17. evil never dies.... see dick chenney

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 08:31 PM

20. Valerie Harper just died on August 30th n/t

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #20)

Tue Sep 17, 2019, 12:35 AM

21. I'm thinking more on the music side of things. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 11:04 PM

10. His work was emotion in motion.

God speed, good sir. Thank you for all the talent and memories.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2019, 11:23 PM

11. Thank you so much Ric...

I would have never made it through my high school years without your music.

as part if my living will, one of my requirements, is the playing the following song at my memorial.

I play it for you now. Cheers...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 12:12 AM

12. Aw fuck....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 01:36 AM

13. The musical superstars I came of age to,

are beginning to depart. I guess it's inevitable, but it still sucks.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 01:49 AM

15. Peace

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 03:14 AM

16. Have a safe drive home, Ric

 



Godspeed.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 10:28 AM

18. Awww.....boy

Another one of my favorites passes. I so remember when they were young and beautiful and full of talent.

Not that much older than me. I feel so old every time this happens now.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2019, 06:13 AM

22. He's the second member of the Cars to go...

...Benjamin Orr died in 2000...I think he was the one who sang lead on 'Drive'.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:55 PM

23. RIP

I hated The Cars like I did almost every '80s band.

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