Tommy Ramone died on Friday at home in Queens, New York, the band announced. He had reportedly been receiving treatment for cancer.
“We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (née Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014,” said statement posted on Facebook.
The band, founded in New York in 1974, had a major influence on punk rock. The original members were Tommy, singer Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) and bassist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone).