‘The Ramones’ Drummer Tommy Ramone Dead at 62

Movie legend passed away at 85-years-old.
It’s a sad day for fans of punk rock as Tommy Ramone has passed away. He was just 62-years-old.

Variety broke the news, reporting that Ramone died on Friday at his home in Queens, New York. He’d apparently been in the care of hospice due to a recent treatment for bile duct cancer.

Tommy was the last surviving original member of The Ramones — a punk quartet that paved the way for underground music in the 1970s. He played the drums for the group on their first three albums and produced several other of the groups later albums.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, and known professionally as Tom or T. Erdelyi, Ramone’s given name was Erdelyi Tamas. He left the group in the 80s only to be replaced by Marc Bell, aka Marky Ramone.

The Ramones continued making music after his departure, but ultimately disbanded in 1996. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Sadly, lead vocalist Joey Ramone died of lymphoma in 2001; bassist Dee Dee followed in 2002 thanks to a drug overdose in 2002; and guitarist Johnny succumbed to prostate cancer in 2004.

Tommy is survived by his partner, Claudia Tienan and an older brother. It’s being reported that a private funeral service will be planned.