Ric Ocasek Passes Away

Ric Ocasek, the frontman for The Cars, passed away over the weekend.

Ric Ocasek, the songwriter, rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the Cars, was found dead on Sunday afternoon at his townhouse in Manhattan.

The New York Police Department confirmed the death but did not give a cause. Sources have differed on Mr. Ocasek’s age — some saying he was 70 — but a few public records and previous articles about him suggest that he was 75.

Toni Morrison Passes Away

Margalit Fox, writing at The New York Times:

Toni Morrison, the 1993 Nobel laureate in literature, whose acclaimed, best-selling work explored black identity in America and in particular the experience of black women, died on Monday in the Bronx. She was 88.

Her death, at Montefiore Medical Center, was announced by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. A spokeswoman said the cause was complications of pneumonia. Ms. Morrison lived in Grand View-on-Hudson, N.Y.

I think about this quote from Song of Solomon all the time:

Perhaps that’s what all human relationships boil down to: Would you save my life? or would you take it?


Devin Lima of LFO Passes Away

Devin Lima of LFO has passed way. He was 41.

“My son has passed away,” his mom, Filomena Lima, tells Us. “His fiancée was living with him and let us know that he passed at 2:45 in the morning. He was struggling for 13 months since his cancer diagnosis. The family is not good.”

Anthony Bourdain Passes Away

Anthony Bourdain has passed away. He was 61. The New York Times reports:

Mr. Bourdain spent two decades in restaurant kitchens, at first shucking oysters and cleaning dishes in a Cape Cod seafood shack and later serving high-end meals in Manhattan, before accepting a friend’s offer to fly him to Mexico if he agreed to write a novel. It was the start of a second act as an author and then a host, redefining the staid genres of food writing and food-tourism shows with an inquisitive but profane bad-boy image that endeared him to fellow chefs, restaurant-goers and travelers.

This one really hurts.

If you or someone you know is looking for help, please call and/or share these numbers:

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
Suicide Prevention: 800-273-8255
Domestic Violence: 800-799-7233
Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 74