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Tommy Ramone, the last of the Ramones, dies aged 62

Tommy co-founded the Ramones with Joey, DeeDee and Johnny Ramone in 1974.

Tommy Ramone (second from right) and The Ramones in the 1970s
Tommy Ramone (second from right) and The Ramones in the 1970s
Image: EMPICS Entertainment

TOMMY RAMONE, THE last surviving original member of seminal punk band the Ramones, has died at the age of 62.

Business associate Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, said Ramone’s wife called to tell him he died yesterday.

Drummer Tommy co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone.

All four band members had different last names, but took the common name Ramone.

The band influenced a generation of rockers, and songs including I Wanna Be Sedated and Blitzkrieg Bop earned them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Obit Ramone

Tommy Ramone in 2005

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Ramone was born in Hungary and immigrated to New York with his family, where he grew up.

He played drums for the band from 1974 to 1978, and co-produced their first three albums.

First posted at 10am

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