Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnny Ramone, guitarist with the influential punk rock band the Ramones, died Wednesday afternoon after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 55.
Ramone died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home, the Ramones’ creative director, Arturo Vega, tells Reuters. He is the third member of the band to die in recent years.
Singer Joey Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman) died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Douglas Colvin, better known as bassist Dee Dee Ramone, died from a drug overdose a year later.