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Dee Dee Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone, born Douglas Colvin (September 18, 1952 - June 5, 2002) was a founding member of The Ramones, a heavily influential punk band. He was the bassist for the group untill 1989 when he left to pursure his rapping career under the name Dee Dee King. He continued to record and write songs for the Ramones untill 1996, when the band retired.
In 1987 Colvin started a brief career as rapper Dee Dee King, and then formed The Chinese Dragons as well as Sprokkett with guitarist Richard Bacchus. He reunited with The Ramones one last time in 1996.
Colvin was found dead on the evening of June 5th, 2002, by his wife Barbara Zampini ("Barbara Ramone") at his Hollywood, California apartment. A heroin overdose was the official cause of death. He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
His headstone features the Ramones seal surrounded by the line "I feel so safe flying on a ray on the highest trails above" taken from the song "Highest Trails Above" (by Dee Dee Ramone) from the Ramones album "Subterranean Jungle" (1983). At its base is the quote "Ok...I gotta go now".
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