WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek has not included his wife in his will saying she is not entitled to any provision since his wife ‘abandoned’ him.
- At the time he wrote his last wishes, Ocasek and wife Paulina Porizkova were in the middle of a divorce.
- Shortly after signing the will, Ocasek died on Sept. 15 of heart disease at the age of 75.
The late former leader of the Cars Ric Ocasek had cut his estranged supermodel wife Paulina Porizkova out of his will before his unexpected death, saying that she left him.
In his last wishes, Ocasek wrote: “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.”
Ocasek died on Sept. 15, less than a month after signing the will on August 28. He was 75. The divorce was never finalized.
It was Porizkova who found Ocasek’s body in his Gramercy Park townhouse. She was bringing him coffee as he recovered from a recent surgery.
Describing Ocasek’s death as “untimely,” Porizkova posted on Instagram what happened.
“I found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee. I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then I realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on.”
The New York medical examiner’s office confirmed that Ocasek died of cardiovascular disease, with pulmonary emphysema contributing to his death.
Ocasek and Porizkova who had two sons together were married for 28 years. They met on the set of the Cars’ music video for “Drive” in 1984. They split up in May 2018.
According to Ocasek’s will, his assets list $5 million in “copyrights”, $100,000 in “tangible personal property” and $15,000 in cash. Though not much from a famous rock legend like Ocasek, a trusts and estates lawyer who spoke to the Post said that it’s possible the new wave icon stowed away other millions worth of assets in various trusts.
“That’s the reason people use trusts: to protect their privacy,” the lawyer said.
Ocasek also seemed to have left out two other sons in the will, although not the children he had with Porizkova. However, it’s possible that they have been compensated in other ways.
“I can only assume that they either get nothing, or were provided for in some other way through another trust or with life insurance,” the lawyer said.
There were no comments yet from the lawyer who filed the will.
Source: Page Six