Dee Dee Ramone, a founding member of punk rock icons the Ramones who was found dead in his home in June, died of a heroin overdose, the Los Angeles coroner’s office said yesterday (Sept. 17). A toxicological examination of blood samples taken during an autopsy found Ramone, whose real name was Douglas Glenn Colvin, died from a lethal amount of morphine in his system, coroner’s office spokesman David Campbell said.
Ramone, who was 50, was found dead June 5 on the couch of his home by his wife. An accidental overdose was quickly suspected after drug paraphernalia, including a syringe, was found nearby. The final autopsy report stated, “From the anatomic findings and pertinent history I ascribe the death to: morphine (heroin) intoxication.”
Ramone’s death came 14 months after the group’s 49-year-old lead singer Joey Ramone died of cancer. One of the band’s major songwriters, Dee Dee wrote of his struggle with drug and alcohol abuse in his late-1990’s autobiography, “Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones.”
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