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Linda Stein, RIP (Ramones manager murdered)

Linda Stein

A former schoolteacher with a degree from Columbia, Stein co-managed with Danny Fields a group of Forest Hills upstarts called the Ramones. Here Stein is pictured outside of CBGB in 1976 (fifth from the left) with (from l. to r.) Joey Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Iggy Pop, Seymour Stein, Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone.

Linda Stein was murdered in her apartment on Tuesday night….

Linda Stein

A punk-rock pioneer called the “Realtor to the Stars” for brokering deals for Madonna, Sting and other big-name celebs was bludgeoned to death in her swanky Fifth Ave. penthouse, police said Wednesday.

Linda Stein, 62, was found Tuesday night by her daughter, filmmaker Mandy Stein, lying in a pool of blood in the $2.5 million pad at 965 Fifth Ave. on the upper East Side.

The city medical examiner ruled her death a homicide yesterday, determining the 5-foot-tall woman died from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.

“It doesn’t seem possible,” said one of Stein’s neighbors, Seymour Holtzman, 72. “It’s probably the safest building I know. … It’s shocking.”

Stein helped her ex-husband, music mogul Seymour Stein, found Sire Records in the 1970s, a label that launched the careers of Madonna, Talking Heads and Depeche Mode.

Her close friend, Danny Fields, said he was stunned when the Daily News told him about Stein’s murder. [Daily News]

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