Irish writer Frank McCourt is battling cancer but is winning the fight, his family has said.
The Angela’s Ashes author was hospitalised recently for treatment after battling the disease in secret for the past year, sources close to him confirmed last night.
Publicist Brian Belfiglio said the 78-year-old writer was being treated for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Last night McCourt’s brother Malachy said US reports that his brother was gravely ill were “exaggerated” and the cancer was in remission.
He added that his brother was “a hearty fellow and he’s survived worse than this”.
McCourt is reported to have been treated in recent weeks in the world-famous Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York, which specialises in cancer care. It is understood he is now back home in Connecticut with his wife Ellen.
McCourt’s agent Molly Friedrich said the New York-born author was in hospital about a month ago.
She said he is “doing pretty well” and undergoing chemotherapy.
News of McCourt’s illness first emerged this week on the recently launched website for Irish news, IrishCentral.com which is based in New York. It is run by the ‘Irish Voice’ publisher Niall O’Dowd, who knows the McCourt family well.