John Cummings (his real name) had suffered from prostate cancer for five years. He is the third founding member of the band to pass away. Singer Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer and bassist Dee Dee Ramone died of a drug overdose the following year.
Per Gessle is a big fan of the Ramones: he released a cover version of the Ramones’s hit “I Want To Be Your Boyfriend” a couple of years ago with Clarence Öfwerman, Christoffer Lundquist and Jens Jansson. One of the new songs of the last album of Gyllene Tider was also an homage to The Ramones: Ande i en flaska (Gabba gabba gabba come on come on karma karma).