Ric Ocasek performing at the Rock and Roll induction ceremony in 2018

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Ric Ocasek carried out on the Rock and Roll induction ceremony in 2018

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of 1980s US band The Automobiles, has died aged 74.

He was pronounced useless at house in Manhattan after household referred to as to report he was unresponsive, New York Police Division mentioned. The reason for loss of life stays unconfirmed.

The Automobiles helped kick-start the brand new wave motion.

The band was shaped in Boston within the mid-1970s by Ocasek and band-mate Benjamin Orr after they met at highschool.

Merging guitar rock with synthesizer-based pop, their early hits included Simply What I Wanted, My Greatest Pal’s Woman and Good Instances Roll.

Their 1984 ballad Drive was used as background music for footage of the Ethiopian famine, and its re-release as a single after Stay Help helped increase cash for the trigger.

After the band broke up within the late 1980s, Ocasek launched into a solo profession in addition to working as a producer for artists together with Weezer, Unhealthy Faith and No Doubt.

Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic most cancers.

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I’m shocked and saddened by the lack of Ric Ocasek – he was a visionary who affected the lives and hearts of everybody who listened to music within the 80s. God Pace, Ric! Hold Transferring in Stereo!

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The remaining members of The Automobiles re-formed in 2011 to launch a last album and had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2018.

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In 1987, Ocasek informed The New York Instances: “I am completely happy that the pop songs have a little bit of a twist. Once I’m writing, I by no means understand how it will come out.”

He mentioned he learn numerous poetry, which impressed his “twisted” song-writing.

Ocasek is survived by his spouse, the mannequin Paulina Porizkova, and 6 sons.