The Blondie star calls the deceased star a "sort of wacky guy who wrote songs"...

Blondie frontwoman and long-time friend of the Ramones

DEBORAH HARRY has become one of the first stars to pay tribute to DEE DEE, the band’s bassist and founder member, who died on Wednesday (June 5).

“He was sort of a wacky guy who wrote great songs,” she said. “He was a really good songwriter, though a little self-destructive. He was always nice to me, and we always had a good time together. He was a lot of fun.

“He had this sort of manic energy,” she added. “I always thought that the Ramones

were this tactical force, like the Marines jumping out of a plane or something. They had this focus and energy that I really admired.”

Dee Dee’s body was discovered by his wife on Wednesday night. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at 8.40pm PST, about 15 minutes after he was found. Drugs and drug paraphernalia, including a syringe, were discovered in his home by police after his death. He had an ongoing battle against heroin addiction for much of his life. A post mortem was carried out yesterday by LA coroners are waiting on toxicology reports before pronouncing cause of death.

Born in Virginia, Colvin grew up in Berlin with his military family, returning to the United States in his teenage years. He co-founded Ramones

in 1974 and played bass with the band until 1989. Dee Dee, the lyricist, also came up with the band’s name, taking it from a Paul McCartney pseudonym, Paul Ramon.