Last Ramone dies

Tommy Ramone

Tommy Ramone, the last surviving founding member of seminal US punk band The Ramones, has died aged 65 in New York, the group has announced.

The drummer died in hospice care on Friday following treatment for bile duct cancer, US media report.

Born in Hungary, Ramone immigrated to the US in the 1950s.

He started The Ramones with three friends from a New York high-school in 1974. The band have been credited with the invention of punk rock.

Although they were never commercially successful, their unique sound helped shape rock music and is still often cited as inspirations to new generations of musicians.

“There are hundreds, there are thousands, there are millions of melodies happening in Ramones songs,” the biographer, Everett True, told the BBC.

“You hear their influence stretch across all of rock music from 1975 onwards… you just hear it everywhere,” he said.

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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