NEW YORK (WJZ) — Ric Ocasek, the lead singer and songwriter with the rock and roll group The Cars, has died at the age of 75.

CBS News New York reports that Ocasek was found dead Sunday in a Manhattan apartment.

The Cars’ hits in the 1970s and 1980s included Just What I Needed, Shake It Up, and Drive.

In a statement from Ocasek’s Facebook page, his family said he died peacefully in his sleep. He has recently had surgery and was “recuperating very well.”

“We appreciate the great outpouring of love.” the statement reads. “We, his family and friends, are completely and utterly devasted by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private.”

“Our dad was a prolific doodler. His passing was sudden, unexpected, and beyond heartbreaking,” Ocasek’s sons Jonathan and Oliver said in a statement. “Yesterday, we found this last doodle on his armchair. He couldn’t have known what it would end up meaning to us. We love him so much.”

Ocasek was born in Baltimore in 1949. He moved with his family to Cleveland when he was 16 years old.

Learn more about Ocasek’s life on CBS News

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