The towering frontman, born Jeffrey Hyman, did not respond to treatment for lymphatic cancer, a disease that attacks the body's ability to fight infection. U2's "In a Little While" was playing in his room at New York-Presbyterian Hospital when he died at 2:40 p.m.
Without wishing to sound corny, Joey Ramone was one of the coolest guys on the planet. If you're a Ramones fan, you'll already be in mourning. If you're not, listen to some of their records and you soon will be in mourning.