The Ramones - The Ramones' Creative Director Arturo Vega Dies
The Mexican artist who designed The Ramones' iconic logo and worked as the band's creative director for 22 years has died aged 65.
Arturo Vega passed away on Saturday (08Jun13), according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, but no further details about his death were available as Wenn went to press.
Writer and rock music historian Roderick Edward 'Legs' MCNeil shared the news in a post on Facebook.com, writing, "Rip: Arturo Vega: 1948-2013. Sleep gently my dear friend, you were the must optimistic, jubilant and fun pal anyone could wish for. I don't know what the world will be like without, nor do I want to even imagine it... But I know you will find eternal happiness wherever you end up... I love you Arturo."
Vega, who was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1947, became The Ramones' creative director in 1974 and in addition to developing the rockers' classic American bald eagle logo, he also designed many of their album covers and stage sets.
During the group's formative years, he housed bassist Dee Dee Ramone and singer Joey Ramone in his New York apartment and later claimed to have attended all but two of their 2,263 concerts.