Ric Ocasek

Mar 23, 1944 – Sep 15, 2019 (Age 75)


Ric Ocasek was the lead singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist for The Cars, known for a string of hits in the 1970s and '80s including "Just What I Needed," "Shake it Up," and "Drive." For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for the loss of a talented man, who will be remembered for his contribution to the music industry. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of mourning.

I do remember the Cars. Mr Ocasek left behind a lot of great memories. I hope the family will benifit from those memories as you grieve. May God be with the family at this time.

Heaven got lucky. Not only a music Icon, but Ric was an amazing artist ! I was honored to sell his art & do two amazing shows in the gallery! He was one of the sweetest Rock Artists I have ever met. My condolences to the family. Ric you sure will be missed. Susan

I loved Ric Ocasek and The Cars. His music fit my mood perfectly. In fact, I own all of the Cars albums, some on vinyl. I thought he was a very interesting and unusual human being. I adored him!

I would have never gotten through my difficult and troubled family life without your music. Now you are singing with the angels!

Thank you Ric for being a big part of the soundtrack of our lives. You will be sorely missed, thought of and listened to for the rest of our lives. Godspeed.

i always loved your music, love singing to the songs. always makes me feel better love the cars, forever.

The Cars were a big part of my life growing up. Even today I love listening to them, when I heard of Ric's passing, I was absolutely saddened. The world lost a brilliant songwriter, producer and amazing person all around. Ric, you are very much missed, I hope you and Benjamin Orr are together again in heaven giving the performance of your lifetime with all the others who passed on. Thank you for being so influential on my musical tastes even today. Condolences go to his surviving family, band...

difficult to believe , thanks for the tunes Ric a big part of my journey Love always , Chris Weatherley , from North Wales Uk . xxxx