July 12, 2014 2:41 PM

Tommy Ramone, who gave punk rock its pulse, dies at 65

Tom Erdelyi, better known as Tommy Ramone, the founding drummer and last surviving original member of the Ramones - the New York City band whose dizzying, short blasts of melody codified the sound of punk rock - died Friday at his home in New York. He was 65. The cause was cancer of the bile duct, his family said. Of the original Ramones, Joey (the singer) died in 2001, Dee Dee (the bassist) in 2002 and Johnny (the guitarist) in 2004.

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