The news of Ric Ocasek’s death left fans and fellow artists mourning the Cars frontman Sunday night (Sept. 15).
Ocasek died in New York City, the NYPD confirmed. He was found unresponsive at his Manhattan residence at East 19th Street, according to police.
Upon learning of Ocasek’s death, many artists shared their thoughts and memories of Ocasek and his music on social media.
“So sad. Such a great writer, singer, player, producer. My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace,” Peter Frampton wrote.
“Sorry 2 hear about #ricocasek RIP loved his work with the band #Suicide,” Billy Idol tweeted, referring to the band Suicide, whom Ocasek worked with as a solo artist and producer.
The Hold Steady shared a concert clip along with the caption “Our walkout: ‘Since You’re Gone.’ RIP Ric Ocasek.”
Actor Rainn Wilson shared his thoughts with a heartfelt message: “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!”
See their reactions, and messages from others, below.
So sad. Such a great writer, singer, player, producer. My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace. https://t.co/YfuW7sPgPD
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) September 16, 2019
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) September 16, 2019
Our walkout: “Since You’re Gone”.
RIP Ric Ocasek pic.twitter.com/si1DI7HtOT
— The Hold Steady (@theholdsteady) 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
u want to hear 3m 33s of perfection? go put on “since you’re gone” by the cars.
the pocket, elliot easton’s e-bow solo, ric ocasek’s delivery AND HIS LYRICS!! holy. shit. music beamed in from mars.
“Since you’re gone / well, moonlight ain’t so great”
RIP to a 100% original ❤️
— matt nathanson (@mattnathanson) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek ❤️
— el-p (@therealelp) September 16, 2019
I will never stop imitating the first Cars album. His influence will always stay with me. RIP and Thank You to Ric Ocasek.
— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) September 16, 2019
Aw, man. RIP #ricocasek and thank you for the songs on “Heartbeat City” alone. You were a true original.
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) September 16, 2019
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