Goodbye original Ramones. Copied this from some website; maybe they’ll sue us. Didn’t post a picture either because, if you don’t know what Tommy Ramone looked like, just go away.
Really strange that Johnny, Tommy and Joey too, all got killed by really bad cancers. They may as well would’ve done heroin like Dee Dee.
That makes the oldest original Ramone a max of 62 (or 65). Ridiculous, when they definitely weren’t known for their excesses (again, besides Dee Dee).
Keith Richards will probably live to be 100.
Tommy Ramone, aka Thomas Erdelyi, the last surviving member of the original Ramones died today at his home in Ridgewood, Queens. He was 62 (several sources say 65) and had been in hospice care following treatment for cancer of the bile duct. The time of death was 12:15pm. Claudia Tienan, his partner of 40 years, asked Andy Schwartz, former editor of NY Rocker (among many other things) to make the announcement of his passing.
Tommy and guitarist John Cummings (Johnny Ramone) first got together in a high school garage band called the Tangerine Puppets. When the Ramones formed, he was supposed to be their manager, but ended up becoming the drummer from 1974 to 1978 and producing several of their albums. Tommy was always considered the most “normal” Ramone.
Post Ramones, Erdelyi produced the Replacements Tim album and Redd Kross’s Neurotica. In recent years he’d been playing bluegrass and folk with Claudia Tienan as Uncle Monk.