JOEY RAMONE's Mother Dies Of Heart Attack

Charlotte Lesher (photo#1, photo#2), mother of the late RAMONES frontman Joey Ramone, died of a heart attack sometime last night (Jan. 27). According to a posting on JoeyRamone.com, Lesher "was 80 years old and showed no signs of her years whatsoever. She is survived by her beloved son, Mickey Leigh."

In lieu of cards or flowers, please consider making a donation to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research: P.O. Box 1107 Cooper Station, NY, NY 10276.

Lesher and Mickey Leigh announced the formation of the Joey Ramone Foundation For Lymphoma Research on May 19, 2006 on what would have been Joey's 55th birthday.

Mickey Leigh told Launch at the time that he didn't know what affect the money that had already been raised had had on lymphoma treatment and research, but the family will keep working for a cure. "Until we, I see on the front page of the papers that they have a cure for cancer, it's gonna be impossible for somebody like me — sitting here in Queens, in Forest Hills, you know? — to know what kind of impact our contributions have had," he said. "All we can do is keep contributing and hope for the best."

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