Johnny Ramone, ex-guitarist with punk band the Ramones, has confirmed he is fighting cancer but he expects to leave hospital next week.
Johnny Ramone (centre) with Marky (right) and Dee Dee in 2002
The 55-year-old musician - real name John Cummings - is being treated for an
infection related to prostate cancer.
"He is receiving the medication he needs and will be leaving the hospital next week to continue his recovery," his spokesman Paul Bloch said.
Ramone issued the statement following reports that he was dying.
He is being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Ramone's doctor, David Agus, told MTV: "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."
The Ramones formed in 1974 and, although they never enjoyed commercial success in the US, are considered punk rock pioneers.
Singer Joey Ramone (Jeff Hyman) died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer, while bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) died from a drug overdose in 2002.
There are four surviving members of the pioneering band, Johnny, Tommy, Marky and CJ, as well as sometime member Richie.