Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tommy Ramone dead at 62

Ramone, real name Thomas Erdelyi, had been undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer at a hospice when he passed away on Friday.

Tommy Ramone dead at 62

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Punk icon Tommy Ramone has died at the age of 62.

Ramone, real name Thomas Erdelyi, had been undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer at a hospice when he passed away on Friday. He was the last surviving member of the Ramones.

A post on the group's official Facebook page late on Friday confirmed the news, stating, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014."

The legendary punk outfit was formed by Joey, Jonny and Dee Dee Ramone in the early 1970s, and Erdelyi was originally to be the band's manager but instead took the position of drummer. The band went on to record classic tracks including "Blitzkrieg Bop," "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Judi Is A Punk."

Paying tribute to the rocker, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way writes on Twitter, "R.I.P. Tommy Ramone" while TV star Johnny Knoxville shares a picture of Ramone.

Lead vocalist Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphoma, guitarist Johnny Ramone passed away from prostate cancer in 2004, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone died in 2002 after a heroin overdose.

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