Tommy Ramone dies
The last surviving founding member of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, has passed away.
The band was formed in 1974 and all members adopted the Ramone surname, despite none of them being related.
Today it was revealed that Tommy, real last name Erdélyi, had passed away aged 62. It was announced to Associated Press by Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management. He said Tommy’s wife had called to tell him.
The Ramones’ official Twitter page also issued a tribute in memory of the star.
“We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIPTommyRamone (sic),” the post reads.
While Dave had no additional details, Variety reports that the musician had been receiving treatment for bile duct cancer in a hospice. It’s thought he died at his home in New York on Friday.
Tommy played drums on and co-produced the band’s first three albums, Ramones, Leave Home and Rocket to Russia. He remained drummer for the band between 1974 and 1978. He returned in 1984 to co-produce album Too Tough to Die.
The Ramones played their last concert in 1996, before de-banding. By around eight years later, three of the founding members, Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone, had passed away.
Johnny, real name John Cummings, died of prostate cancer in 2004, while Joey, real name Jeff Hyman, passed in 2001 due after a struggle with lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee, real name Douglas Colvin, died of a drug overdose in 2002.
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