Thursday, May 30, 2024

Exclusive: Ric Ocasek Was Diagnosed with Cancer Just Before His Death, Resented Estranged Wife Paulina Porizkova’s Boyfriend, Ed Solomon


Usually, I don’t get into this stuff. But I loved the Cars, and Ric Ocasek was a great guy with whom I had many nice conversations over the years.

A couple of weeks ago I’d heard about Ric’s will, and that he’d cut third wife Paulina Porizkova out of his will. Even though they were still not divorced, he wanted to make it clear he was through with her.

He did cut his two older sons out of the will as well. They were from his first marriage.

More importantly, I was told that Ric had been diagnosed with cancer after his heart surgery. He knew he was very ill. That he’d survived the heart surgery didn’t matter. At 75 years old, he didn’t have long to live.

Nobody had ever known that Ocasek was 75, by the way. He’d shaved five years off his age when The Cars first broke back in 1977. He’d gotten a late start as a rock star.

So it does seem Ric got the last laugh on Paulina by cutting her out of his will. But not all the laughs. I’m told that when they bought the Gramercy Park townhouse, it was Porizkova who put up the money. She will get back from the sale what she put into it.

Ric was also furious with Paulina by her relationship with boyfriend Ed Solomon. Despite Porizkova’s claims that they were all one big happy family, it was not the case. One source who I spoke with laughed about Paulina’s story about how she brought Ric cookies the night before he died. “Who brings cookies to a man that sick? What is going on there?” says a source.

Paulina’s relationship with Solomon wasn’t known to the public, but Ric knew it. And I’m sure he saw Twitter exchanges like these and wasn’t pleased.

Can people really die of a broken heart? Not really but my source feels he did.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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