Ramones Co-Founder Dies Of Cancer

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    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."
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    At this rate, Tommy Ramone will probably pass away too sometime soon. How sad. (I have never heard of the Ramones before.)
  3. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

    Dr. Dastardly

    Jun 26, 2004
    I live in a giant bucket!
    And when I turned on MTV to hear anything about this I didn't hear a damn thing. But I got an ear full of Avril Lavigns impending marriage to some Sum 41 goon. GOD I hate MTV! :mad:
  4. evoluzione macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be

    why would you turn on MTV for news of the Ramones???? MTV is for pubescent kids who like teenybop music. I'd reckon VH1 would more likely have something about his death.

    it's a shame, the Ramones were one of those bands everyone's heard of (well, i guess not everyone eh?) and everyone's heard too (maybe without knowing it)
  5. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

    Dr. Dastardly

    Jun 26, 2004
    I live in a giant bucket!
    Where I was at I didn't get VH1 very well. Or believe me thats where I would have much rather have gone.
  6. Vector macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2002
    The Ramones are one of my favorite bands and the best and first punk rock group. It's sad that Joey, Dee Dee, and Johnny have all died so recently.

    I have been listening to Ramones' songs all day. Of course i had to listen to the most relevant ones first: I Don't Want To Live This Life (Anymore), I Wanna Live, and I'm Not Afraid Of Life.
  7. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    My prayers go out to the family and friends of Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones. May he rest in peace. Sounds like he may have been under Hospice Care since he died peacefully in his sleep.
  8. Gyroscope macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2002
    R.I.P. Johnny Ramone.

    Ramones saved Rock'n'Roll.

    Thanks for all good memories.

    Sad day indeed.
  9. punkmac macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    goodbye Johnny...

    Goodbye Johnny

    Say hello to Joey and Dee Dee.

    Gabba Gabba Hey!

    I'm glad I have off work today.

  10. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    i was shocked

    but it also seems so strange to me that he died of prostate cancer...but then again he was 55 and that's when many people first show signs of it so it's very important men after 50 get checked...maybe it will prompt more men to get checked for this killer disease which can be cured if treated early

    it just seems like yesterday when he was a young man playing in the new york club scene...man, what a contrast to the disco scene ;)
  11. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Oh crap I feel old.
    The Ramones, more than any other band, set the course for punk/grunge for the entire music world. They were the not the first but rather the most influential, and just about every group today owes a bit to them.
  12. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    tell me about it...the ramones were kids that hung around in rockaway and had a small, but loyal following of young punks who rebelled against the older establishment

    but when the ramones became among the old men of rock and roll and the most senior statesmen of punk and just as established in critics and fans' minds like pop, disco, and mtv, it really irked joey ramone to no end and they played their last concert series in california near san jose...they no longer were anti-establishment and part of a young cutting edge movement

    many of the fans of the last years of the ramones were punk rock kids whose parents listened to the early ramones

    youth and energy certainly has its place in rock and roll, but i am glad that at least johnny ramone lived more than twice as long as janice joplin, brian jones, jim morrison, kurt cobain, and jimi hendrix

    it's sad that so many rock and roll stars live such short lives and it's likely few will live as long as little richard or chuck berry...let's hope tommy ramone and marky ramone get to see social security age ten years down the line

    it will be strange if the living sex pistols, 4 out of 5 of them i think, live to 60 and end up playing concerts singing "anarchy in the uk" ;)

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