Police say Ocasek was discovered unresponsive Sunday at his townhouse in NYC, and was pronounced dead at the scene - according to an NYPD spokesperson. However, the New York Post cited sources who reported the singer-songwriter died of natural causes with no sign of foul play.
Last year, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
They were always an MTV favorite, and the whimsical, partly animated video for "You Might Think" along with the mournful video for "Drive" brought them near-constant airplay on the channel in the mid-1980s.
The band broke up in 1988, but their influence would be deeply felt in the 1990s and beyond. He recorded seven solo albums in total, and produced records for Bad Brains, Guided by Voices and Hole, as well as The Blue Album and the Green Album by Weezer.
Ocasek founded the group in 1976, the biography said. The two filed for divorce in 2018 after 28 years of marriage, but the divorce had not yet been finalized. Bass player and vocalist Benjamin Orr, who grew up in Lakewood and Parma, died in October 2000 of pancreatic cancer.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine ahead of the band's induction into the Hall of Fame, Ocasek described playing there as "a good cap on the bottle" after so many years.
Ocasek was married three times and had six sons, two from each relationship.