Dee Dee RamoneDee Dee Ramone
, born Douglas Colvin
- June 5
) was a founding member of The Ramones
. He was the bass
player with the band until his departure in 1988
(though he did continue to write songs for the band). The Ramones were the first punk rock
-band, and Dee Dee was directly responsible for the "punk look".
After leaving the Ramones, Dee Dee had a brief career as rapper Dee Dee King, and then formed The Chinese Dragons, occasionally reuniting with The Ramones during the 1990s.
Dee Dee was found dead in June 2002, by his wife. A drug overdose was the suspected cause of death.