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Ric Ocasek, lead singer for The Cars, dies at 75

Ric Ocasek of The Cars performed during the Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park in Chicago in August 2011. –Nam Y. Huh/AP/File 2011

Ric Ocasek, whose deadpan vocal delivery and lanky, sunglassed look defined a rock era in the 1970s and 1980s as front man and lead songwriter for Boston-based The Cars, was discovered dead Sunday in his Manhattan apartment. He was 75.

The New York Police Department said that officers found Mr. Ocasek at about 4 p.m. after responding to a 911 call. They said there were no signs of foul play and the medical examiner was to determine a cause of death.

The death comes a year after The Cars — with such hits as ‘‘Just What I Needed’’ and “My Best Friend’s Girl’’ — were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.