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Ric Ocasek
Ocasek in 2009
Background information
Birth name Richard Theodore Otcasek[citation needed]
Born (1944-03-23)March 23, 1944
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died September 15, 2019(2019-09-15) (aged 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Rock
  • new wave
  • power pop
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • painter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active 1968–2019
Associated acts The Cars

Richard Theodore Otcasek (March 23, 1944 – September 15, 2019), known as Ric Ocasek (/ˈkæsɛk/), was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and painter] He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock band the Cars. His best known songs were "My Best Friend's Girl", "You Might Think" and "Emotion in Motion". Ocasek was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 2018, Ocasek was added into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars.

Ocasek was found dead in his New York City apartment on September 15, 2019 at the age of 75.

Personal life

Ocasek was married three times. He married early in life, but divorced and was married to his second wife, Suzanne Ocasek, in 1971. Ocasek was still married to Suzanne when he met 18-year-old supermodel Paulina Porizkova during filming of the music video for the Cars' song "Drive" in 1984. Ocasek and Porizkova were married on August 23, 1989 on Saint-Barthélemy island. The couple had two sons, Jonathan Raven Otcasek (b. November 4, 1993), and Oliver Otcasek (b. 1999). In May 2018, Porizkova announced she and Ocasek had separated a year earlier.

Ocasek had six sons, two from each of his three marriages. His eldest son, Christopher (born 1964), was a singer who formed the rock group Glamour Camp which released one album in 1989. His son Adam was born in 1970, Eron in 1973, and Derek 1981.

He and co-founder of the Cars Benjamin Orr were close friends who became estranged when the band broke up. Their friendship was commemorated in the song "Silver", which Ocasek wrote as a dedication to Orr upon his death in 2000.

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