Family, Bandmate’s Statements on Ric Ocasek

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Ocasek’s sons found this last doodle on his armchair. See their comment below

One day after the passing of Ric Ocasek, his family has issued a statement via The Cars’ Facebook page. We’re reprinting the September 16 statement in its entirety.

“Ric was at home recuperating very well after surgery. Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together. I found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee.

I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then I realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on.

We appreciate the great outpouring of love. We, his family and friends, are completely and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private.”

–from the Ocasek Family

The “I” in the first two paragraphs is Ocasek’s wife, Paulina Porizkova.

Later that day, the Cars posted the above note from his sons: “Our dad was a prolific doodler. His passing was sudden, unexpected and beyond heartbreaking. Yesterday, we found this last doodle on his armchair. He couldn’t have known what it would end up meaning to us. We love him so much.

The Cars’ lead guitarist Elliot Easton also posted a statement on Ocasek’s passing, addressing fans of the band on his Facebook page: “Thank you friends, for the overwhelming outpouring of emails, texts and posts of condolence and sympathy. I have read them all, and there are so many that I may not be able to respond to all of them, but please know that your reaching out at this incredibly difficult time has meant so much to me, and has been a comfort in our profoundly sad time of grief. The Cars are a family, for better or worse, and I lost my big brother yesterday.”

Ocasek died Sept. 15 in his New York City apartment, of heart disease. The New York City medical examiner’s office said the cause of death was hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease with pulmonary emphysema as a contributing factor.

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  1. Yogi
    #1 Yogi 16 September, 2019, 17:27

    The first album was one of the best of all time! RIP Rick..

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