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Cancer kills Tommy Ramone

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:30 am

Things don’t last forever. They never really do.

Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of legendary punk rock group The Ramones, died of bile duct cancer at his Ridgewood home on Friday.

He was 65.

The Hungarian-born Ramone, who’s birth name is Erdelyi Tamas, played the drums for The Ramones from the band’s inception in 1974 until 1978.

His drumming can be heard in iconic tunes such as “Blitzkreig Bop,” “I Remember You” and “Rockaway Beach.”

The quartet of Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone all graduated from Forest Hills High School shortly before forming the band.

Joey Ramone, the band’s most recognizable member, died of cancer in 2001, as did Johnny Ramone in 2004.

Dee Dee Ramone died of a heroin overdose in 2002, the same year the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In the years leading up to his death, Tommy Ramone played the mandolin in the bluegrass band Uncle Monk.

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