He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year but as a hit maker from the mid 79s, Ocasek long ago earned respect and admiration among his peers.
Ocasek was 70 or 75 — depending on various reports.
In recent years, the prolific songwriter worked behind the scenes as a producer for such groups as Weezer.
The weezer family is devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday. We will miss him forever, & will forever cherish the precious times we got to work and hang out with him. Rest in Peace & rock on Ric, we love you. #RIPRicOcasek #karlscorner pic.twitter.com/JcTXevr6V8
— weezer (@Weezer) September 16, 2019
RIP #RicOcasek Cars were the first band I saw that qualified as new wave — their synths and leathers were too pricey for pure punk. Long gone, of course, and now Ric too, a sweet guy. Suicide was one of several outside bands he produced: https://t.co/9Xlu2kQFRR
— Kurt Loder (@kurt_loder) September 16, 2019
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) September 16, 2019
Ahh man, say it ain’t so. I loved Ric Ocasek. What an interesting, smart, kind, funny man who made incredible records. I loved those Cars albums when I was a teenager. Perfect pop songs with those wicked elliot… https://t.co/SjtRU8OaJO
— Flea (@flea333) September 16, 2019
I’m not processing the death of Ric Ocasek yet, can’t even read a story about it. I didn’t know him, but I think we all felt like we did kind of know him. He picked great musicians, had impeccable popular music instincts. A classic.
— Kathy Valentine (@Kathy_Valentine) September 16, 2019
I’m stunned and saddened by the loss of Ric Ocasek – he was a visionary who affected the lives and hearts of everyone who listened to music in the 80s. God Speed, Ric! Keep Moving in Stereo!
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) September 16, 2019
“You kept it going ’till the sun fell down/
You kept it going.” #RIP Ric Ocasek.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) September 16, 2019
The Bad Brains blew my mind but when I turned their album Rock For Light over to the back & found out Ric Ocasek of The Cars produced it, my world was set on fire. After that I didn’t give a fuck about “guilty pleasures” or what other people thought was cool.
R.I.P. Ric Ocasek pic.twitter.com/2WLZQ4xvD4
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) September 16, 2019
I interviewed Ric Ocasek back in 2011 and he was a very funny, down to earth guy. I got a kick out of him describing his performance style, or lack thereof https://t.co/BU0f46675k pic.twitter.com/5qJxjN3Rca
— Dan Reilly (@danreilly11) September 16, 2019
A sad RIP for Cars singer Ric Ocasek, who has passed away. Ocasek was already 34, a veteran of several Boston bands, when the Cars debuted. Their first two albums are flawless, with fleet, purposeful arrangements of Ric’s anti-romantic lyrics.
— Rob Tannenbaum (@tannenbaumr) September 16, 2019
No!!! Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of The Cars, Dead in New York at 75 https://t.co/7NDxArK5Py
— Pete Yorn (@peteyorn) September 16, 2019
Ric Ocasek didn’t only sing for The Cars, he was a music producer as well and was a producer for albums by Bad Brains, Weezer, Bad Religion among many others.
He also “discovered” Romeo Void who had pretty big hits with Never Say Never & Girl in Trouble
Very talented guy RIP
— EvelDick (@EvelDick) September 16, 2019