Monday, April 13, 2009


NEW YORK (AP) — The executor of Dee Dee Ramone's estate has gone to court to stop publication of a book about the late punk rocker by his first wife.

The manager of the estate, Ira Herzog says Vera Davie of Port St. Lucie, Fla., violated an agreement that allowed him to review and make changes to the book.

The lawsuit in Manhattan's state Supreme Court uses Ramone's real name, Douglas Glenn Colvin. Colvin was with the Ramones from their creation in 1974 until 1989. Colvin began using heroine as a teenager and struggled with heroine addiction the rest of his life. He seemed to clean up his act in the early 1990s and to remain clean for most of that decade until 2002, when he was found dead from an overdose.

Davie's book is "Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone," published by Phoenix Books of Beverly Hills under the pen name Vera Ramone King. says the author, Ms. King, is afraid of a curse she feels may be responsible for the untimely deaths of the original band members. Marky is the only living member of the longest running Ramones line-up (15 years) that also included Johnny, Joey, and Dee Dee. Joey died of lymphoma in 2001, Dee Dee of an overdose in 2002, Johnny of prostrate cancer in 2004. In the early 1980s, Johnny "stole" Joey's girlfriend Linda Stein, whom he later married. She was the bands manager from 1976 to 1980. She was found murdered in her Manhattan apartment in 2007.

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