July 12 Tommy Ramone, the drummer and last
surviving member of the hugely influential American punk band
the Ramones, has died at the age of 65, an associate said on
The death was confirmed by Dave Frey, Director at Ramones
Productions, the company that controls the band's copyright.
Frey declined to provide additional information.
Born Thomas Erdelyi in Budapest, Hungary, Ramone was the
co-founder of the band and its drummer from 1974 to 1978. He was
the last surviving member of its original quartet.
The New York band, with mops of long hair, black leather
jackets, torn jeans and sneakers, deeply influenced punk rockers
in the United Kingdom and the "power pop" of ensuing decades.
They were seen as masters of minimalist, 2.5-minute tunes
played at hyperkinetic tempo, such as "Blitzkrieg Bop", "I Wanna
be Sedated", and "Sheena is a Punk Rocker."
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Additional reporting
by Mark Heinrich; Editing by Louise Heavens)