Posted on June 30, 2015

“My Hero, the World’s Hero” – Warren Zevon’s Story

We have been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a bond of community. As a testament to the strength of our global family, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is highlighting the courageous stories of our members with the “Share Your Story” feature on our website.

This week, we would like to honor the story of Warren, as shared by his son, Jordan, ADAO’s National Spokesperson.

We encourage you to submit your personal stories by clicking here and following the simple instructions on the page. In sharing, comes healing. Remember, you are not alone.

“My Hero, the World’s Hero” – Warren’s Story

Name: Warren

Location: CA

Diagnosis: Pleural mesothelioma

1947 – 2003

How has asbestos changed your life (unedited)? 

My father, Warren Zevon, captured the hearts of millions of people around the world and irreversibly influenced music and entertainment. He is a rock star, legend, and hero to many, but he was also a father, husband, son, and friend when he wasn’t in the spotlight.  I have always admired my dad and he has shaped the person and artist that I have become, but he was stolen from this world by mesothelioma at 56, when I was only 34 years old.  While we cannot be sure where he was exposed to asbestos, I can be sure that my father needlessly died from a disease easily preventable if asbestos was banned and regulated in the United States.  My dad left many family members, friends, and fans behind when he was stolen from us, but his legacy will live on, and I hope that I can make him proud by fighting to prevent anyone from going through what he did.

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