Asbestos Killed Warren Zevon — Now His Son Is Fighting to Ban It Once and for All

When we think of rockers from any era who left us before their time, we tend to follow the same well-worn script. Died young-ish? Clearly drugs, drink and Keith Richards-level hard living were to blame. Exactly like your parents warned you about.

In the case of acerbic singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, those kinds of fallacies still follow his legacy. Zevon’s son Jordan, an award-winning musician and spokesman for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), regularly corrects misconceptions about his dad’s 2003 death from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Granted, the elder Zevon had his hard-drinking and heavy smoking days, but his untimely demise at age 56 came long after he’d gone sober and smoke-free. It had nothing to do with the rock & roll lifestyle and everything to do with a misunderstood disease you only hear about on late-night infomercials from ambulance chasers. via LA Weekly