THE Cars frontman Ric Ocasek has been found dead at his New York townhouse, reports claim.
Ric was the lead singer and founder of the iconic new-wave band which churned out hits including My Best Friend’s Girl and Good Times Roll.
It is not clear how old Ric was when he died – with his IMDb page suggesting he was 70, while other reports stated he was 75.
The New York Post reported that Ric was found “unconscious and unresponsive” at around 4pm on Sunday by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova.
He appeared to have died from natural causes at his Gramercy Park pad in Manhattan, sources added.
A New York Police spokesman said that a 75-year-old male was found unresponsive at a townhouse on 19th street in the city.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and police said there was no sign of foul play.
Ric founded The Cars back in the ’70s and the band made a name for themselves with their 1978 song Just What I Needed.
Their biggest hit to date, Drive, peaked at Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped other charts as well.
The tune was prominently featured in the 1985 event Live Aid, where it was used as the background song in a montage depicting famine in Ethiopia.
The singer reflected on his years in the band when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.
“It’s certainly a wonderful feeling to be accepted by peers and you see the people that are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who gets inducted, it’s a positive feeling that you get,” he said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Ric and Paulina has announced their split in May 2018 after 28 years of marriage.
The rocker is understood to have recently placed the home where he was found dead on the market.
Ric is survived by his five children.
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