The Cars, with Ocasek as the primary songwriter, sold more than 23 million albums in the United States during their career, spanning from 1976 to 1988.
Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive in bed around 4 p.m., police said.
Ric Ocasek, The Carsfrontman whose deadpan vocal delivery and lanky, sunglassed look defined a rock era with chart-topping hits like "Just What I Needed", was discovered dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment.
He was found dead in NY when police received a call around 4 pm for an unconscious male in a townhouse on East 19th Street.
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Conflicting dates have been reported for his age with some accounts stating Ocasek was born in 1949 in Baltimore and others listing his birth date as five years earlier. They had two children together.
English punk rocker Billy Idol wrote: "Sorry to hear about Ric Ocasek RIP".
"It's kind of weird because it's like a lifetime", Ocasektold the magazine, looking back at the history of The Cars.
"It's a private thing people can have for themselves any time they want".
No official cause of death had yet been announced by the NYPD by around 8 pm Sunday when published reports of the singer's passing began surfacing. May he rest in peace!
I will never stop imitating the first Cars album.
The band was formed in Boston in the mid-1970s by Ocasek and band-mate Benjamin Orr after they met at high school.