Known for his role as the founding drummer in the Ramones, Tommy Ramone has passed away as announced by the band’s official Facebook page. As the last surviving member, Tommy was 65 at the time of his death. He started the Ramones in 1974 with his friends in high school, creating one of the most influential bands in rock music.
Joey Ramone, the first member to pass, died from lymphoma, Dee Dee quickly followed the year after, dying of a heroin overdose, and Johnny died of prostate cancer in 2004.
Tommy died of bile duct cancer yesterday, July 11, under hospice care after receiving treatment, according to BBC News. Ramone was the drummer from 1974 to 1978 and co-produced their first three albums.
Credited for their shaping of rock and for the creating of punk rock, the Ramones remain a major influence for many musicians today, even though they never reached commercial success during the time of the band.
The announcement was followed by a quote of Tommy’s from 1978, that read, “It wasn’t just music in The Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody.”