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Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Glenn Colvin) (September 18, 1952 - June 5, 2002) was an American songwriter and bassist, best remembered as a founding member of punk rock band the Ramones.
Colvin wrote or co-wrote most of the Ramones' songs, including "53rd & 3rd", "Commando", "Rockaway Beach" and "Poison Heart". He was the bass guitarist for the group from their formation in 1974 through 1989, when he left to pursue a short-lived career in rap music under the name "Dee Dee King". Afterwards he continued to write songs for the Ramones until 1996, when the band retired.
Colvin struggled with drug addiction for much of his life, especially heroin; he began using drugs as a teenager, and continued to use for the majority of his adult life. He died in 2002 from heroin toxicity.
Colvin was born in Fort Lee, Virginia, and raised in Berlin, Germany, the son of an American soldier stationed there and a German woman. His parents separated shortly after his birth, and he lived in Berlin until the age of 16, when he and his mother moved to the Forest Hills section of New York City's borough of Queens...