Tommy Ramone dies at 65

The drummer had been suffering form bile duct cancer

The last surviving member of the influential punk band The Ramones has died. Former drummer, producer and founding member Tommy Ramone passed away on July 11th at the age of 65.

The band posted the sad news on their Facebook page late Thursday night.

“We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014.”

Variety reports that Ramone passed away at his home in the Ridgewood area of Queens, New York after having been in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.

The Ramones formed in New York City in 1974 and spearheaded the punk rock movement in the US and UK. While none of the members were related, all adopted the pseudonym “Ramone” as their surname. The band recorded 14 studio albums and toured 2,263 concerts during their historic 22 year career before calling it quits for good in 1996.

Only eight years after the band’s final show in Hollywood, Joey Ramone died of lymphoma in 2001, Dee Dee succumbed to a drug overdose in 2002, and Johnny passed from prostate cancer in 2004.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

He is survived by his partner Claudia Tienan and an older brother. A private funeral service is planned with no public memorial set at this time.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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