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Here's What Killed Ric Ocasek

Heart disease worsened by emphysema, medical examiner says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 16, 2019 5:31 PM CDT
Updated Sep 17, 2019 12:33 AM CDT
In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Ric Ocasek of the Cars arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year event at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – The New York City medical examiner says Ric Ocasek, the 75-year-old frontman for The Cars who was found dead at his Manhattan apartment Sunday, died of heart disease, worsened by emphysema, the AP reports. Ocasek's wife, model and actress Paulina Porizkova, posted a statement on Instagram Monday, saying that he had been "recuperating very well after surgery" and that their two sons were making sure he was comfortable. Porizkova did not say what type of surgery Ocasek was recovering from. She said she went to bring him his Sunday morning coffee and "realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on." The Cars' chart-topping hits in the late 1970s and '80s included "Just What I Needed," ''Shake It Up," and "Drive." The band was inducted last year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Porizkova announced the couple's separation last year.)

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