LATEST: Ramones former guitarist Johnny Ramone has finally confirmed he is battling with prostate cancer but slams reports that he is fighting for his life

The 55-year-old rocker - real name JOHN CUMMINGS - has been struggling with cancer for four years but insists fans need not fear the worst, because he expects to leave hospital next week (begs21JUN04).

Ramone's doctor DAVID AGUS explains, "He got through it, and he's now on a new, experimental therapy. He's fighting courageously, and I think he will be going home in the near term."

His spokesman says, "He is receiving the medication he needs and will be leaving the hospital next week to continue his recovery."

The Ramones have been plagued by tragedy in recent years - singer JOEY RAMONE passed away in 2001 from lymphatic cancer and bassist DEE DEE RAMONE died from a drug overdose the following year.

The star is currently being treated at CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER in Los Angeles.

18/06/2004 17:20