Ric Ocasek of The Cars dies at 75

Ric Ocasek - with the guitar - and The Cars.
Ric Ocasek - with the guitar - and The Cars. Photo credit: Getty

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of '70s and '80s new wave band The Cars, has died. 

NBC reports the 75-year-old, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band last year, died of natural causes at a townhouse in New York. 

The Cars were a hit-making machine from their debut record in 1978, selling more than 20 million albums before their split in 1988.

Their biggest songs include 'Just What I Needed', 'Shake It Up', 'Good Times Roll', 'You Might Think, and 'Drive', which was covered by Kiwi artists Strawpeople and Bic Runga in 2000.

Ocasek also had a career behind the desk, most notably with Weezer, producing their iconic debut 'Blue', the self-titled 'Green' record and Everything Will Be Alright in the End albums.

Ric Ocasek.
Ric Ocasek. Photo credit: Getty

The Cars briefly reformed in 2010 without bassist and singer Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000, and released a single record, before splitting again. They got back together for a one-off performance for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2018.

He leaves behind six sons and three ex-wives.