NEW YORK - Eight years after he died of prostate cancer, Johnny Ramone's autobiography is finally being published.

"Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone" is set for release April 2 by Abrams Image.

His widow, Linda, says he started writing the book when he got sick. She said Tuesday: "It was like he knew he was dying, and he wanted to do something."

Ramone was one of the founding members of the legendary rock group and is considered one of rock's most influential guitarists. The 176-page book is filled with pictures selected by his wife. The foreword is written by band mate Tommy Ramone and the epilogue is written by close friend Lisa Marie Presley.