A sketch found by Ric Ocasek’s family has taken on even more meaning after his death.
The Cars frontman had been recuperating from surgery but earlier this week died suddenly as a result of heart disease, made worse by emphysema, in his New York City apartment. He was 75 (though some say he was 70).
“Our dad was a prolific doodler,” a tweet from one of Ocasek’s sons posted to the band’s account read.
“His passing was sudden, unexpected and beyond heartbreaking. 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.”
From Ric’s sons: Our dad was a prolific doodler. His passing was sudden, unexpected, and beyond heartbreaking. 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. pic.twitter.com/bJNpXSQgDO
— The Cars (@thecarsband) September 16, 2019
The drawing shows a black-and-red figure with the words “never forget that look” with an arrow pointing to it.
Below that, is what looks like a candle incorporated in the words “Keep on laughin’” and “It is what it is.”
Ocasek’s wife, model and actress Paulina Porizkova, posted a statement on Instagram on Tuesday:
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It’s not known what surgery Ocasek was recovering from.
The Cars chart-topping hits in the late 1970s and 80s included Just What I Needed, Shake It Up and Drive.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last year.