New York (dpa) - The singer of the US rock group The Cars, Ric Ocasek, died at the age of 75 years. Corresponding US media reports confirmed the police in New York on Monday the German Press Agency.

Accordingly, the musician was found lifeless in a house in Manhattan on Sunday. The New Wave band was known in the 70s and 80s with songs like "Just What I Needed", "Drive" or "My Best Friend's Girl". After the dissolution in 1988 Ocasek went on solo.

Headlines made last year the separation of ex-supermodel Paulina Porizkova, whom he had met during the video shoot for "Drive". The two have two children together.

Many fellow musicians were shocked. "Rest in peace. I loved working with his band, "Billy Idol wrote on Twitter. Richard Marx declared: "You were a true original." And actress and singer Bette Midler wrote about the Cars: «Incredible. Their sound was the sound of a whole decade. Snappy, mischievous, carefree, sarcastic and amusing. »

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