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Report: The Cars’ Ric Ocasek cut estranged supermodel wife out of will

Photo by Kevin Kane/Getty Images
Photo by Kevin Kane/Getty Images

Ric Ocasek cut his estranged wife, supermodel, Paulina Porizkova, out of his will only weeks before his September 15th death.

The 75-year-old Cars leader died of natural causes at the couple’s New York City home, which they still shared.

Porizkova, who discovered Ocasek’s body, met the guitarist when she was 18-years-old on the set of the Cars’ 1984 video for “Drive.”

The couple was married in 1989, the year after the group broke up. The remained married until Ocasek’s death, although they had separated in 2017.

Ocasek had cut the mother of two of his children out of his will, dated August 28th, reportedly stating in the document: “I have made no provision for my wife Paulina Porizkova (‘Paulina’) as we are in the process of divorcing. Even if I should die before our divorce is final. . . Paulina is not entitled to any elective share. . . because she has abandoned me.”

According to, which printed a portion of the will: “A filing listed with the document lists Ocasek’s assets to include $5 million in ‘copyrights’ — but just $100,000 in ‘tangible personal property’ and $15,000 in cash.”

Fast Facts:

Ric Ocasek is survived by six sons, two from each of his three marriages. At the time of his death he was estranged from his third wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova.

Ric Ocasek, who was born Richard Theodore Otcasek in Cleveland, is responsible for some of the most timeless and important pop/rock/new wave classics recorded between 1978 and 1985; literally writing every hit the Cars scored during their original eight-year run.

Ocasek, who played rhythm guitar, shared lead vocal duties with late-bassist Benjamin Orr, and wrote such instant radio staples as “Just What I Needed,” “Shake It Up,” “Since You’re Gone,” “You Might Think,” “Good Times Roll,” “Touch And Go,” “Drive,” “Tonight She Comes,” “Heartbeat City,” “Let’s Go,” “Magic,” and “My Best Friend’s Girl.”

The Cars split in 1988 and reunited in 2011 for their first album in 24 years, titled Move Like This. In 2018 the band was finally inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Between 1982 and 2005 Ocasek released seven solo albums.

After the Cars’ split, Ocasek became an in-demand record producer manning the boards for the likes of Weezer, No Doubt, Suicide, Romeo Void, Hole, Nada Surf, Black 47, and others.