Tommy Ramone dead at 62



Tommy Ramone, drummer for the legendary punk band the Ramones, has died at age 62. Ramone was the last surviving original member of the band.

Ramone died at home on Friday after a battle with bile duct cancer, a representative from Ramones Production confirmed.

Although Marky Ramone replaced him as drummer, Tommy continued to work with the band for years and is credited for writing most of “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.” The Ramones influenced countless bands (Nirvana; Green Day; The Clash; and the Beastie Boys, to name a few) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Joey Ramone (born Jeff Hyman), died of lymphatic cancer in 2001. Johnny Ramone (John Cummings), died of prostate cancer in 2004, and Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) died in 2002 from a drug overdose.