Last Original Member of the Ramones Dies

Tommy Ramone, the last living original member of the Ramones, passed away today (July 11th).

And as a bonus: first description of the Ramones, written by Tommy in 1975. From Letters of Note on Facebook.

Description of the Ramones

The four original members, starting in 1974:

Dee Dee Ramone: Sept, 18, 1951-June 5, 2002 (heroine overdose)
Joey Ramone: May 19, 1951 – April 15, 2001 (lymphoma)
Johnny Ramone: October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004 (prostate cancer)
Tommy Ramone: January 29, 1952 — July 11, 2014 (cancer of the bile duct)

Other remaining members performing with the band until it disbanded in 1996:

Marky Ramone: with the band from ’78-’83 and then ’87-’96.
C.J. Ramone: with the band from ’89-’96.

3 Replies to “Last Original Member of the Ramones Dies”

  1. Tommy was my dearest and oldest friend.
    We grew up together in Forest Hills Queens New York.
    I went to Stephen A Halsey Jr High and Forest Hills High school with him.
    He got me to pick up the bass guitar and enter into the crazy world of rock music.
    We played in several bands together (Triad & Butch) here in NYC over the late 60’s and early 70’s.
    We built and managed Performance Studios in NYC, a recording/rehearsal studio the Ramones started in. I worked with him when he in the Ramones and well after he left.
    He had an advanced musical foresight, well ahead of the times in forming and being part of the Ramones. He was a great musician on the guitar, then the drums, later on the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and many more instruments. His musical expanse bridged from Punk to Indie Bluegrass.
    He will be
    I mourn the passing of the last of the original Ramones, my friend and a true musical visionary.


    1. Thank so much for posting here and for your personal comments. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s a loss for all of us, but all the more for his good friends.


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