Ric Ocasek’s Wife Paulina Porizkova Says She Knew She Was Out of Will

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Inductee Ric Ocasek of The Cars performs at the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; used with permission)

The New York Post‘s Page Six reported on Nov. 7 that Ric Ocasek had cut his wife, Paulina Porizkova, out of his will, several weeks before he died. Though it was Porizkova who discovered Ocasek’s body on the morning of his death, the couple had been estranged and had filed for divorce.

The Post quoted Ocasek’s will: “I have made no provision for my wife Paulina Porizkova as we are in the process of divorcing. Even if I should died before our divorce is final… Paulina is not entitled to any elective share because she abandoned me.”

On Nov. 9, Paulina acknowledged the slight on her Instagram, indicating that she had been aware of it since the death after his death. (See below.)

Ocasek’s document was dated Aug. 28, less than three weeks before he died. The couple first met when the then-18-year-old supermodel was cast in the Cars’ “Drive” video in 1984. Ocasek was married at the time to his second wife. He and Porizkova were wed in 1989.

On Nov. 9, Paulina acknowledged the slight on her Instagram. A family photo was accompanied by her caption, “I’ve known about the will since the day after Ric passed. All you have heard from me since- is inspite [sic] of that. #loveneverdies

On Sept. 16, one day after Ocasek passed, his family issued a statement via The Cars’ Facebook page.

“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 was Porizkova.

Ocasek’s sons found this last doodle on his armchair

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.”

Related: Fellow rockers mourn Ocasek

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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