Ramones Co-Founder Dies Of Cancer Johnny Ramone Co-Founded The Ramones In 1974 LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones, has died. Ramone, who had battled prostate cancer for five years, was 55. His publicist said he died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family. He co-founded "The Ramones" in 1974 along with Joey Ramone, DeeDee Ramone and Tommy Ramone. Joey died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer, while bassist Dee Dee died from a drug overdose in 2002 .Tommy Ramone is now the only surviving member of the original band. A tribute concert and cancer research fund-raiser was held Sunday in Los Angeles to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. It featured performances by Los Angeles punk band X, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Henry Rollins and others. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Their hits include "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and "Blitzkrieg Bop."