Ric Ocasek of The Cars, performing at the group's induction ceremony into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in

2018. Ocasek died Sunday. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hide caption

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Ric Ocasek of The Cars, performing at the group's induction ceremony into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Ocasek died Sunday.

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Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York; he was found unconscious Sunday afternoon at his townhouse in Manhattan. A New York Police Department spokesman confirmed Ocasek's death to NPR. There is some confusion about Ocasek's age: The NYPD said that he was 75; public records list his age as 70 years old.

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018; the Rock Hall called The Cars "the ultimate New Wave dream machine: a hook-savvy super-charged quintet that fused 60s pop, 70s glam and avant-rock minimalism into a decade of dashboard-radio nirvana."

Ocasek's influence in rock extended well beyond the apex of The Cars' career: He went on to be a producer for leading bands of a younger generation, including Weezer and Bad Religion.

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