Tommy Ramone, of the punk band The Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died aged 62. The news was released by Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, who said that Ramone’s wife called to tell him he died yesterday.
Tommy Ramone, a drummer, co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone.
Although the four band members had different last names, but took the common name Ramone. The band had influenced a generation of rockers, and their hit songs I wanna be sedated and Blitzkrieg Bop, among others, earned them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band officially disbanded in 1996 after a tour that followed their final studio album, Adios Amigos. A live farewell tour album, We’re Outta Here!, was released in 1997.