Dee Dee Ramone (September 18, 1951- June 5, 2002) was the legendary bassist of the Ramones. Also the main songwriter, he is credited with writing many of the band's most famous songs including "53rd & 3rd", "Commando", Rockaway Beach", and "Poison Heart". Although he was originally the band's lead vocalist, his inability (at the time) to sing and play bass simultaneously resulted in original drummer, Joey Ramone, taking over as lead vocalist. Dee Dee was the band's bassist and songwriter from 1974 through 1989.
He struggled with drug addiction throughout much of his life, especially heroin. On June 5, 2002, Dee Dee Ramone passed away of a heroin overdose.
Much like the other founding members of the Ramones, Joey and Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee's legacy will live on in future generations of punk rockers. Their influence on rock n' roll is undeniable.
R.I.P. Dee Dee Ramone