Tommy Ramone, the drummer and last surviving original member of the American punk band the Ramones, whose aggressive and fast-driving songs spearheaded the punk-rock movement, has died at the age of 65, an associate said on Saturday. The death was confirmed by Dave Frey, director at Ramones Productions, the company that controls the band's copyright. Frey declined to provide additional information, but a statement on the band's Facebook page said the musician died on Friday. They were seen as masters of minimalist, under two-and-a-half minute tunes played at blistering tempo, such as "Blitzkrieg Bop," "I Wanna be Sedated," "Rockaway Beach," and "Sheena is a Punk Rocker." The band's style, anchored by Tommy's frenetic drumming, was partly a reaction to the bloated, and heavily produced rock music of the mid-1970s.