Last original member of the Ramones dies at 65
Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.
Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, said Ramone died Friday. Frey didn’t have additional details. Ramone — born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary — was 65.
Tommy Ramone, a drummer, co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. The band members weren’t related and had different last names, but took the common name Ramone.
The Ramones influenced a generation of rockers, and their hit songs “I wanna be sedated” and “Blitzkrieg Bop,” among others, earned them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Johnny Ramone, whose birth name was John Cummings, died in 2004 of prostate cancer. Joey Ramone (Jeff Hyman) died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) died from a drug overdose in 2002.
Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash
Former “Saturday Night Live” star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said Saturday.
Morgan will continue his recovery at home with an “aggressive outpatient program,” spokesman Lewis Kay said.
The former “30 Rock” star suffered a broken leg and broken ribs when the limousine van he was riding in was hit from behind June 7 by a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The wreck killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair, who went by the name Jimmy Mack. Comedian Ardley Fuqua and another passenger, Jeffrey Millea, were injured.
On Thursday, lawyers for Morgan filed a lawsuit against Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claiming the retailer was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan’s limousine van.
The complaint claims the retail giant should have known that its driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was “unreasonable.” It also alleges the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
TV’s ‘Cake Boss,’ passengers helped from fogged-in boat
A summer sunset boat trip turned out to be no cake walk for reality TV’s “Cake Boss,” who’s thanking police and firefighters for getting his boat and passengers to safety after they were enveloped in fog in New York Harbor.
Buddy Valastro was bringing the boat back Friday to Jersey City, N.J., after a dinner excursion with friends and family, when a clear day suddenly changed.
“All of a sudden — boom! — we were in a really deep fog where you couldn’t see anything,” he said Saturday.
About 12 people were aboard, including about eight children, said Valastro, who stars in TLC’s “Cake Boss” and “Next Great Baker.” His Carlo’s Bakery has four locations in New Jersey.
A longtime fisherman, Valastro said he used the 32-foot Boston Whaler’s radar and GPS to keep going, but he was concerned that other boats might not see his.