The guitarist is reported to be in hospital in LA…

Ramones’ JOHNNY RAMONE is reported to be battling cancer.

His old bandmate Marky Ramone told Rolling Stone the guitarist was in an LA hospital.

He said: “Johnny’s been a champ in confronting this, but at this point I think the chances are slim. John never smoked cigarettes, he wasn’t a heavy drinker and he was always into his health. It just proves when cancer seeks a body to penetrate, it doesn’t matter how healthy you are or how unhealthy you are. It just seeps in and there’s nothing you can do.”

The guitarist from the legendary punk outfit is said to have known about his illness for four years, and has undertaken treatment in an attempt to combat it.

Marky said Ramone remains in “good spirits”. He continued: “He was talking about the positive things the Ramones accomplished: getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, how our music is being accepted at this point. It put a smile on his face. Knowing John, he’ll fight this horrible disease to the end. Everybody is wishing the best and hoping the best. We’ll stand by him.”

The band’s singer Joey Ramone and bassist Dee Dee Ramone have both already died. Joey succumbed to cancer in 2001, while the bassist died from a drug overdose the following year.