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Tommy Ramone, the original drummer and last surviving co-founder of legendary punk rock group the Ramones, has died at age 65.
The news was announced late on Friday, July 11, and confirmed on the band's Twitter page.
"We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIPTommyRamone," the tweet said.
"Tom died yesterday, July 11, at 12:15 p.m. at his home in Ridgewood, Queens," Andy Schwartz, publisher of New York Rocker magazine, said on behalf of Ramone's family, according to Rolling Stone magazine, which also confirmed his age. "He was in hospice care following treatment for cancer of the bile duct."Tommy was born Thomas Erdelyi in Budapest, Hungary in 1949 and emigrated to the United States in 1957, the outlet said.