Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (real name: Douglas Glenn Colvin) was found dead last night (June 5) in his Hollywood, Calif., home, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. He was 50. Ramone was found unconscious by his wife Barbara at approximately 8:25 p.m. PT, and was pronounced dead at the scene by fire department paramedics approximately 15 minutes later.
The Coroner’s Office is investigating a possible accidental drug overdose as the cause of death. An autopsy is being conducted today, but a spokesperson says a finding on the cause of death may be deferred until additional toxicology tests can be analyzed. It could take as few as three weeks or as many as eight to determine the results.
Ramone is the second member of the group to pass away in just more than a year. Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman), tribute album, featuring performances by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Metallica, and U2, among others, is due later this year from DV8/Columbia.