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End of an Era

Last living member of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies at 65

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band the Ramones, died on Friday at age 65, according to a business associate, CBS News reports.

The band's official Twitter account also announced the news:

Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas in Hungary, started the band in 1974 with singer Jeff Hyman (Joey Ramone), Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), and John Cummings (Johnny Ramone).

While the Ramones struggled to gain commercial success, the punk group influenced a number of other artists, including Green Day, Nirvana, and even Bruce Springsteen. They are best remembered for classics such as Blitzkrieg Bop, although the Ramones took on heavier issues concerning their teen years in Queens, New York, too (Beat on the Brat, Teenage Lobotomy).