Last Original Ramone Is Dead
Drummer Tommy dies at 65
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2014 7:12 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The last original member of the seminal punk band the Ramones is dead, reports Variety. That would be drummer Tommy Ramone, who was born in Hungary as Erdelyi Tamas but grew up in Queens as Tom Erdelyi. He played on the band's first three albums before leaving to be replaced by Marc Bell, better known as Marky. The 65-year-old Erdelyi, who had a successful career as a music producer, had been in hospice after cancer treatment.

The LA Times sums up the band's impact: "The four-member Ramones came out of Queens with limited musical skills, but by 1976, their staccato riffs and full-frontal garage rock assaults began to make their mark on British punk musicians," writes Ryan Parker. "The band has been acknowledged by many as the inventors of punk rock." The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Jul 13, 2014 11:15 PM CDT
Alas, no more Ramone Remain.
Jul 12, 2014 2:37 PM CDT
They didn't go out like Jimi, Janis and Jim Morrison, white hot stars in their prime, mostly just a slow burn out from years of abuse. They were the same age as me but by the late '70's, I no longer listened to pop music. I remember passing CGBG's and seeing the lines and wondering what the fuss was.
Jul 12, 2014 2:13 PM CDT
Punks are nihilists. It doesn't surprise me that every band member is dead.