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Ramones Drummer Tommy Ramone Dies at 65

Cover of The Ramones' self-titled debut album, released in 1976 on Sire Records.

Born Erdelyi Tamas, he would go on to work as a producer after leaving the influential band.

Tommy Ramone, the last surviving founding member of the groundbreaking punk band The Ramones, has died. He was 65.

The Ramones official Twitter account announced the news, and New York Rocker Magazine publisher Andy Schwartz wrote on Facebook that Ramone died at 12:15 p.m. in Ridgewood, Queens. He had been in hospice care and was suffering from cancer of the bile duct.

Ramone was born Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary in 1949. He immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1957 to Forrest Hills, Queens.

He 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 left the band in 1979 and worked as a producer, where he notched up credits on The Ramones' 1984 album "Too Tough To Die" and The Replacements' 1985 album "Tim." He landed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Ramones in 2002.

He is survived by longtime partner Claudia Tienan, brother Peter; sister-in-law Andrea Tienan; and nephews Eric and David.


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