Tommy Ramone, Last Surviving Original Member of Ramones, Dies

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American punk rock group The Ramones. Left to right: Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone. (Credit: Getty Images)

Tommy Ramone, drummer and last surviving original member of the punk-rock band Ramones, died Friday, confirmed the band’s manager with Silent Partner Management.

He was 62.

Born Thomas Erdelyi in Budapest, Hungary, on Jan. 29, 1952, Ramone was the drummer for the band from 1974 to 1978, as well as co-producing the band’s first three albums.

The Ramones, inducted year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 —  had to wait until most of their membership had died to be hailed by mainstream pop culture as a pioneering force.

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