The last surviving and original member of the punk group, Ramones, was 62 and had been in hospice care following his treatment for bile duct cancer.
Tommy Ramone was born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest Hungary on January 29, 1952. He is famously remembered as the drummer of the Ramones and preformed with the band from 1974 to 1978, as well as co-producing the punk band’s first three albums.
In 1957 Tommy Ramone, previously Tom Erdelyi, immigrated to America and grew up living in Forest Hills, Queens. This is where Tommy met guitarist John Cummings (Johnny Ramone). Both later joined up with bassist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), officially forming the famous Rock and Roll band.
The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and is acknowledged for being the creators of punk rock.
Among the best known Ramones songs are “Blitzkrieg Bop“, “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker“, “Teenage Lobotomy,” “Beat on The Brat“, and “I Wanna Be Sedated“.
The Ramones official Twitter account announced the news of the passing of Tommy Ramone. The tweet stated: “We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIPTommyRamone”
Tommy Ramone is survived by wife Claudia Tienan and eldest brother Peter.
Our condolences and hearts go out to Tommy Ramone’s loved ones and family during their time of loss.