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Last surviving member of The Ramones dies

Published On: Jul 12 2014 03:21:51 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2014 05:11:09 AM CDT
Tommy Ramone

REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of The Ramones, has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 62.

Ramone was the last surviving member of the original group. In 1974, the drummer joined singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone to form one of rock's most influential punk bands.

With songs that never lasted more than two minutes and featured speed beats and feedback-laden guitar, the group never achieved top-40 success but took songs such as "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Bop" to earn a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Ramone’s death was announced by business associate Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management. He said Ramone's wife called to tell him he died on Friday. He didn't provide additional details, the Associated Press reported.

Fox News offered this background on The Ramones: Joey Ramone, whose real name was Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name was Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002. Johnny Ramone, whose birth name was John Cummings, died in 2004 of prostate cancer. Tommy Ramone was born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary.

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