Tommy Ramone (born Tom Erdelyi) died on Friday night, July 11, 2014. His family noted the cause of death as “cancer of the bile duct,” according to the New York Times. Erdelyi was the original drummer for the Ramones, as well as a producer on later albums. The Ramones are respected by many as one of the most important bands of the punk movement, as well as forefathers of heavy music. The other three members of the Ramones died between the years of 2001-2004. The original members of the band had never reconciled.
Many celebrities took to social media to express their respects to the influential punk rocker, including Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, who simply tweeted “R.I.P. Tommy Ramone.”
The staff at RATA express our condolences to the family and friends of Tommy Ramone.