While Ed McMahon is in the intensive care unit at an L.A.-area hospital battling pneumonia and systemic bone cancer, with perhaps only days to live, the TV personality is still determined to fight back against the illnesses plaguing his body.
TMZ reports that his rep Howard Bragman has released a statement highlighting Ed's strength and resolve to get better.
"I'm not a medical doctor, I'm a spin doctor, so I'm not able to give a diagnosis here," the statement says." But, what I can tell you is this: I've seen many people come up to Ed over the years and say, 'You were a Marine.' Ed would look them in the eye and say, 'I AM a Marine.' What that means for his current medical challenges is the same thing it's meant for every challenge he's ever faced in life. It means he's a fighter -- not a quitter. It means he's confronting it head-on with strength, courage and dignity."
As some reports indicate Ed's fighting a losing battle with his health, Bragman underscores the fact that support from fans is vital.
"I would ask that those who care about Ed say a prayer, remain hopeful and send their good wishes, because Colonel McMahon is still fighting the good fight," he says in the statement. "Ed, his family, and friends are looking forward to celebrating his 86th birthday Friday."