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Ric Ocasek, Cars Singer Who Fused Pop and New Wave, Dead at 75

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Ric Ocasek, the idiosyncratic singer and guitarist for the Cars and hit-making album producer, has died. He was 75.

New York City police responded to a call about an unconscious man, later confirmed to be Ocasek, in a townhouse on East 19th St. at 4 p.m. EST Sunday. Authorities pronounced him dead at the scene, according to NBC News. No cause of death has been revealed.

Beginning with the Cars self-titled debut in 1978, Ocasek established himself as a stoic frontman with a sense of humor and melodrama on songs like “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight,” and “Good Times Roll.” As one of the group’s lead vocalists, alongside bassist Benjamin Orr, he sang “Shake It Up” and “You Might Think.” After the band broke up in 1988, Ocasek recorded as a solo artist and worked as a producer, helping sculpt blockbuster hits like Weezer’s Blue Album and Green Album and cult favorites like Bad Brains’ Rock for Light.

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