Tommy Ramone, Founder Of The Ramones, Dies At 65

Tommy Ramone, the only remaining founding member of the Ramones, has died at the age of 65. The Hungarian-born drummer, who lived in Ridgewood, Queens, had been in hospice care for some time and suffering from bile duct cancer.

Tommy, who's real name was Erdélyi Tamás, was born in Hungary in 1949, and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s.

In 1974 he started the Ramones with three friends from his New York high school. They became famous after playing the Manhattan club CBGB's, known for booking punk and new wave bands. In 1996 the group called it quits.

By 2004 the other members in the band had died, with Johnny Ramone passing from prostate cancer in 2004, Joey Ramone from lymphatic cancer in 2001, and Dee Dee Ramone from a heroin overdose in 2002.

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