A close friend claimed the fatal dose was the bassist's first fix after eight years of being clean...

Punk idol DEE DEE RAMONE died of a heroin overdose, according to test results.

Dee Dee, real name Douglas Colvin, died of the overdose at his home in Los Angeles (June 5). His wife Barbara found him dead on a sofa. Police found a syringe and other drug paraphernalia at his home.

A spokesperson for the local coroner’s office has now revealed to US reporters that the bassist had a lethal amount of the drug in his system at the time of death.


At his funeral, close friend Legs McNeil claimed the fatal dose was his first fix after eight years of being clean.

“I guess his body wasn’t used to it anymore,” said McNeil, who coined the term ‘punk rock’ soon after Ramones

formed in the early 70s. “Who knows why he went back on it? We all thought he’d completely turned his back on heroin.”

Dee Dee formed The Ramones in the Queens district of New York with Johnny, Tommy and Joey in 1974. Frontman Joey died in April last year after a long battle with cancer.