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Musician Thomas Erdelyi, 62 or 65, depending on the source, best known under his stage name of Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original band member of the famed punk rock group, has passed away. No cause of death was given.Erdelyi was the drummer of the group when it began in the 1970s: The band, whose members adopted a last name used by Paul McCartney to reserve hotel rooms in the Beatles years, were known for their bowl haircuts, ripped jeans and less-than-polished musical style.The four-member Ramones came out of Queens with limited musical skills, but by 1976, their staccato riffs and full-frontal garage rock assaults began to make their mark on British punk musicians. The band has been acknowledged by many as the inventors of punk rock. . . .

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