According to Ramones Facebook page, “We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones on Friday (July 11th)”… from cancer. When the band first came together with Johnny Ramone on guitar, Dee Dee Ramone on bass and Joey Ramone on drums, Erdlyi was suppose to be the manager but was incorporated as the group’s drummer when Joey became the lead singer and couldn’t keep up with their infamously fast tempos.
According to Wikipedia and Dee Dee Ramones recollections of that time, he “…expressed resentment towards Tommy for having it “together” more than anyone else in the band, being able to cook himself dinner and organize his life in a much more functional manner, without the psychosis or addiction problems that Dee Dee himself suffered from. In contrast to everyone else in the band, Tommy was seemingly “normal,” though there are accounts of him partying with the band and driving them around in his car in the early days”.
RIP Tommy Ramone.