(September 18, 1951-June 5, 2002)
Douglas Glenn Colvin, aka Dee Dee Ramone is known as the bassist and occasional lead singer of the punk rock band, The Ramones. He was the bassist and songwriter from 1974-1989. After leaving the band, he pursued a career in hip hop music under the name Dee Dee King. That was a very short lived adventure so he then returned to his punk rock roots and put forth 3 solo albums presenting brand-new songs which he toured the world promoting, along with several of the Ramone’s songs as well. He continued writing for The Ramones until 1996, when the band retired.
Dee Dee suffered with a drug addiction for the majority of his life. He was especially fond of heroin. In the early 1990’s, he seemed to have gotten himself clean but after awhile, he started using again. Ramone was found on the evening of June 5, 2002 by his wife, Barbara. Autopsy revealed the official cause of death was a heroin overdose. He was 50 years old.