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Associate: Tommy Ramone, Last of the Ramones, Dies

Updated: 07/12/2014 8:41 AM
Created: 07/12/2014 8:35 AM WDIO.com
By: KRISTEN de GROOT, Associated Press

A business associate says Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died.

Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, says Ramone's wife called to tell him he died on Friday. He didn't have additional details early Saturday. Ramone was 62.

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. All four band members had different last names, but took the common name Ramone. The band 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 in 2002.

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In this 2002, file photo, members of the Ramones, from left to right, Dee Dee, Johnny, Tommy and Marky Ramone hold their awards after being inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria.
AP Photo/Ed Betz, file

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