Tommy Ramone, the last surviving founding member of seminal US punk band The Ramones, has died aged 62 in New York, the group has announced. The drummer passed away 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 has 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.
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.