Tributes In Planning Stages Following Ramone's Death

A private funeral for Joey Ramone, who became a punk icon as lead singer for the Ramones, will be held today (April 17) at Schwartz Brothers Memorial Chapel in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens,

A private funeral for Joey Ramone, who became a punk icon as lead singer for the Ramones, will be held today (April 17) at Schwartz Brothers Memorial Chapel in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York, where he grew up. Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman) died of lymphatic cancer Sunday in New York at 49. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in the mid-'90s and was hospitalized last month.

Hilly Kristal -- owner of CBGB, the New York club made legendary with early performances by the Ramones, Blondie, the Talking Heads, and others -- says the venue plans to host a memorial concert for the singer; Kristal will begin working on details later this month. Ramone debuted solo material during a show at CBGB in October and was working on an album.

Additionally, a publicist at the Ramones' former label, MCA, says there will be a celebration of the singer next month. Details will be announced on the band's official Web site..