When questioned about his terminal cancer and impending death musician, Warren Zevon stated “I just want to live long enough to see the next James Bond movie.” he achieved this goal and lived long enough to see the ironically named “Die Another Day”.
“Zevon stated previously that his illness was expected to be terminal within months after the diagnosis in the fall of 2002; however, he lived to see the birth of twin grandsons in June 2003 and the release of The Wind on August 26, 2003. Owing in part to the first VH1 broadcasts of Nick Read’s documentary Warren Zevon: Keep Me In Your Heart, the album reached number 12 on the US charts, Zevon’s highest placement since Excitable Boy. When his diagnosis became public, Zevon told the media that he just hoped to live long enough to see the next James Bond movie, a goal he accomplished. Coincidentally, the film was titled Die Another Day (Even more coincidentally in the movie, the main villan, Gustav Graves, is asked how he deals with his insomnia to which he replies “”I’ll sleep when I’m dead””).
Warren Zevon died on September 7, 2003, aged 56, at his home in Los Angeles, California. The Wind was certified gold by the RIAA in December 2003 and Zevon received five posthumous Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year for the ballad “”Keep Me In Your Heart””. The Wind won two Grammys, with the album itself receiving the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, while “”Disorder in the House””, Zevon’s duet with Bruce Springsteen, was awarded Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. These posthumous awards were the first Grammys of Zevon’s thirty-plus year career. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles.”