Greetings sports fans and welcome to another happy happenstance edition of Vegas Valley Sports Beat. The happening little column that could, should and probably would happen more regularly if only it was possible. I am working on that now.
It is another beautiful Monday morning here in the sun-drenched Las Vegas Valley region. Outside my window this morning the birds are tweeting in the treetops and the twits are Twittering on my desktop. God is in his heaven and all is right with the world. Relatively speaking that is. We are under a wind advisory today and the fire danger is high so be exceptionally careful with any sparks you might create be it from burning trash, scooting around on your ATV, or driving.
Let us turn our attention now to the wide world of sports, news, music, and entertainment that makes Las Vegas the greatest place to live on the planet Earth.
Congratulations to the Las Vegas Aces WNBA team. A beautiful steal in the final seconds and an amazing 3 point buzzer-beater that put the first ladies of Las Vegas basketball ahead of the Chicago Sky as the game clock expired, sent the Aces to the next round of playoffs last night. As of this going to press it has not yet been announced who their opponent will be. That has yet to be determined.
We have some tragic news to share this morning from the world of music, however. Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of The Cars, and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Fame inductee was found dead in his home Sunday morning. According to the Coroner’s autopsy report released today from the New York City Medical Examiner’s office, Mr. Ocasek’s cause of death is listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. This is a build-up of plaque that can narrow or harden the arteries of the heart. Pulmonary edema was also listed as a contributing factor in his untimely passing.
In a statement to the public posted on Instagram by Paulina Porikova, Ric’s Ocasek’s wife from whom he had separated last year wrote;
Ric was at home recuperating very well after surgery. Our two sons, Johnathon and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together. I found him still sleeping when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee. I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then that I realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on. We appreciate the great outpouring of love. We, his family and friends are completely and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private. – The Ocasek Family.
Ric’s two sons, Johnathon and Oliver shared the final drawing sketched by their Father, who was also a gifted artist with a pencil, stating on The Cars official account, “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.” The sketch says simply, “Keep on laughin’. It is what it is.” Truer words were never left behind.
Mrs. Porikova also went on Instagram to say thank you to all of the many fans who have laid flowers and held candlelight vigils outside of Ocasek’s Manhattan townhouse since his death was announced to the world. Ric Ocasek was 75 years of age and he will be missed greatly, by both the recording industry and by his millions of loyal fans worldwide. Rest in Heavenly peace, Ric Ocasek. I never knew you personally old friend, but I sure did love to hear you sing.