The cause of death for The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek has been announced less than 24-hours after he was found unconscious.
The NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner released the 75-year-old rocker’s cause of death as Hypertensive and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.
Pulmonary Emphysema, a lung condition that causes shortness of breath, was listed as a contributing condition.
Officials have categorized Ocasek’s death as “natural,” and closed the investigation.
As we reported, the new wave legend was found by his wife, Paulina Porizkova at his townhouse on Sunday.
Emergency responders were called around 4 PM, and Ocasek was pronounced dead at the scene.
Porizkova and Ocasek had been going through a separation, but never went through with officially ending the marriage.
After his death, Porizkova took to Instagram to thank fans for the condolences and messages of love.
Fans have been taking the loss hard, and even erected a makeshift memorial outside of the late rock star’s home in New York.
Candles, flowers and even toy cars were seen outside the front gate on Monday morning.
Along with fans, fellow musicians have been coming out with tributes to the fallen star, including Weezer, who wrote that the band is “devastated.” A statement from the band read:
“The weezer family is devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday. We will miss him forever, & will forever cherish the precious times we got to work and hang out with him.”
Funeral plans for Ocasek have not yet been announced.