Sixties group THE TORNADOS bass player ROGER LaVERN has been diagnosed with cancer - days after THE ROLLING STONE's Charlie Watts revealed he is also battling against the illness.

LaVern, who scored a number one hit in American with classic 1962 song TELSTAR, is facing a "major operation" to battle the life-threatening disease.

A source says, "Roger has the disease in his oesophagus and pancreas.

"He faces a major operation and chemotherapy but is in good spirits considering and is being very brave."

19/08/2004 13:50