In 2010, Ocasek reunited with the surviving original members of the Cars to record their first album in 24 years. The album, entitled Move Like This, was released on May 10, 2011. Not long after the album’s release and its minimal supporting tour, the Cars resumed their hiatus, and reunited once again in April 2018 for a performance at the ceremony of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Cars have a really bad reputation as being one of the worst live bands in concert. During their 10-year run, they only played an estimated 150 concerts total. Contrast with Ramones who played live over 2,000 time during their career or Metallica, who was known to play 300+ dates a year during their heydays.
Ocasek was found dead on September 15, 2019 by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, at his New York City townhouse, which they still shared following their separation in 2017. He had been recovering nicely from surgery when Paulina, his primary caregiver, found him unresponsive. Porizkova and Ocasek were still in the process of their divorce, but he had disinherited her in a new will, alleging that before his recent surgery she had abandoned him. He also disinherited two of his six sons (Chris and Adam). The dispute between Porizkova and the Ocasek estate was resolved in about 35 seconds when she was awarded a portion of his estate under New York Law.
Paulina Porizkova has since resumed her highly lucrative career as a top model.
Final Resting Place:
Nine Partners Cemetery
Milbrook, New York, 12545
Grave Location:Plot O
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery from the Church Street entrance, turn right then an immediate left and drive to the end of the road at the 3-way intersection. New wave 80s icon and frontman for the Cars is buried about 30 feet from the intersection up the slight hill.
Grave Location GPS41.77716270549031, -73.68789935029093
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Read More About Ric Ocasek:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- Best Classic Bands - the Cars debut album
- How Ric Ocasek Met Paulina Porizkova, and Helped Define the ’80s, With the Cars’ Weird Music Videos
- Ric Ocasek - official website
- The Cars - official website
- Cars singer Ric Ocasek cuts supermodel wife Paulina Porizkova out of will
- Paulina Porizkova Recalls ‘Lonely’ and ‘Depressed’ Marriage to Ric Ocasek
- 12 Classic Rock Bands That Are the Worst at Live Performances According to Fans
- Ric Ocasek of The Cars spoke candidly in our 1984 interview
- Remembering the wonderful weirdness of Ric Ocasek
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