Tommy Ramone’s Death: The Music World Reacts on Twitter
As news broke of Ramones drummer and last surviving founding member Tommy Ramone’s death on Friday at the age of 65, the music world paid tribute via social media.
Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas in 1949, formed the Ramones with singer Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) and bassist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone). He recorded 1976's "The Ramones," 1977's "Leave Home" and "Rocket to Russia" with the band, and also co-produced 1978's "Road to Ruin," as well as the band's live double album "It's Alive" in 1979.
Ramone passed away on Friday afternoon (July 11) in Ridgewood, Queens, while in hospice care after suffering from cancer of the bile duct. He’s survived by longtime partner Claudia Tienan, brother Peter; sister-in-law Andrea Tienan; and nephews Eric and David.
Among those who weighed in to offer their condolences were Blondie, Slash, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Questlove, Motörhead, Warped Tour co-founder Kevin Lyman, Butch Walker, Garbage, Bonnaroo promoter Ashley Capps, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Bragg, They Might Be Giants, Andrew W.K. and many more.
Read below to see how musicians and the industry paid tribute to Ramone on Twitter after the announcement of his passing.
Chris Stein remembers Tommy Ramone: "He was a lovely gentle guy, super smart. The last of the original Ramones." RIP, Tommy.— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) July 12, 2014
The Ramones made me wanna dress like I wasn't supposed to play catchy music, but did anyway. Punk is finally dead.. RIP Tommy Ramone :-(— butchwalker (@butchwalker) July 12, 2014
Thank you for the music Tommy Ramone— AUGUSTINES (@WeAreAugustines) July 12, 2014
RIP Tommy Ramone maybe you guys will get along better in heaven & finally have that reunion. #CBGBS in the sky, maybe the toilets will work.— KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) July 12, 2014
RIP Tommy Ramone. All together now.......#TheRamonesForever— Garbage (@garbage) July 12, 2014
JF: Tommy Ramone has passed away and the band that reset the music scene so all could start again are no more. 1234 https://t.co/gWHb6s1pD7— They Might Be Giants (@tmbg) July 12, 2014
RIP Tommy Ramone. The Ramones' original drummer + co-producing their greatest albums = one of the most influential musicians of the rock era— Michael Azerrad (@michaelazerrad) July 12, 2014
RIP. RT @AP: BREAKING: Associate says Tommy Ramone, last original member of seminal punk band the Ramones, dies.— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) July 12, 2014
1-2-3-4! Last surviving member of the original Ramones, Tommy, has left the building. http://t.co/jY16yPS4dx— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) July 12, 2014
R.I.P. Tommy Ramone— Gerard Way (@gerardway) July 12, 2014
R.I.P. Tommy Ramone— Michelle Branch (@michellebranch) July 12, 2014
Just found out that Tommy Ramone died today. One of the most ground breaking drummers and producers ever. And always nice. #PunkPartyLegend— ANDREW W.K. (@AndrewWK) July 12, 2014
Tommy Ramone.Goodnight,sir.The last of the brudders is gone. I'm gutted.Without them,no me.1-2-3-4! http://t.co/kY86Qh05dT— Clint Mansell (@iamclintmansell) July 12, 2014
rock on tommy ramone pic.twitter.com/Ao8sgg8nDi— The Whigs (@TheWhigs) July 12, 2014
1-2-3-4-"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" goodbye Tommy Ramone— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) July 12, 2014
#RIPTommyRamone you will be missed!— Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) July 12, 2014
RIP RAMONES https://t.co/cxl8bDOn2B— DEATHFROMABOVE1979 (@dfa1979) July 12, 2014
RIP tommy ramone— jennylewis (@jennylewis) July 12, 2014
RIP Tommy Ramone— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) July 12, 2014
We've lost one of the greats. R.I.P Tommy Ramone— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) July 12, 2014
Rest in Peace Tommy Ramone. pic.twitter.com/tP2XFmgd9k— Nils Lofgren (@nilslofgren) July 12, 2014