Original Ramones Drummer Tommy Ramone Dies at 65
Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of The Ramones, passed away yesterday at the age of 65. Rolling Stone reports that the drummer died at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, where he had been in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.
Ramone, who was born Eddelyi Tamas in Budapest in 1949, helped found the seminal punk rock outfit, who revolutionized rock music in the 1970s. Ramone got started as the band’s manager before taking up the drums for their first three albums, 1976’s Ramones, 1977’s Leave Home and Rocket to Russia and the 1979 live album It’s Alive. Ramone then left the group to devote himself to the studio, eventually producing the band’s 1984 album Tough to Die, as well as the The Replacements’ classic 1985 LP Tim. In recent years, Ramone teamed up with his longtime partner Claudia Tienan to form the bluegrass band Uncle Monk, who released a self-titled album in 2006.
Ramone’s death marks the end of an era, as he was he the last surviving original member of the influential four-piece. Lead singer Joey Ramone succumbed to lymphoma in 2001, while Dee Dee Ramone died of a heroin overdose in 2002 and Johnny Ramone passed away after a battle with prostate cancer in 2004.