Sad day in rock and roll as Tommy Ramone, one of the founding members of the Ramones and its last surviving member of the original lineup, has passed away. He was 65.
Per Variety.com, Tommy was in hospice care as a result of bile duct cancer.
Tommy was born Erdelyi Tamas in 1949 in Budapest, Hungary. He would emigrate to America in 1957 and grew up in Forest Hills, Queens.
Originally, Tommy started off as the band manager for the Ramones before becoming their drummer and performing on the band’s first three studio albums (Ramones, Leave Home and Rocket to Russia) and appeared on their 1979 live album (It’s Alive).
While Tommy would leave the band in 1978, he would go on to produce a number of Ramones albums, as well as the acclaimed Replacements’ album Tim.
The early 2000’s saw the deaths of original members Joey Ramone (2001, from a battle with lymphoma), Dee Dee Ramone (2002 of a drug overdose) and Johnny Ramone (2004 of prostate cancer).
As the music world is learning the news, reactions to Tommy’s death are pouring in.
I don't know if heaven exists, but I hope it does, because there is going to be one hell of a reunion show tonight.