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.