Singer Warren Zevon Terminally Ill

Zevon diagnosed with untreatable lung cancer.

Acerbic singer/songwriter Warren Zevon has been diagnosed with an advanced,

untreatable case of lung cancer. The 55-year-old "Werewolves of London"

singer learned of the diagnosis in August and has perhaps as little as two

months left to live, according to his spokesperson.

"I'm okay with it, but it'll be a drag if I don't make it till the next James

Bond movie comes out," Zevon said in a typically dark official statement. The

Chicago-born singer, who quit a lifelong smoking habit eight years ago, has

split his time since the diagnosis between hanging out with his two adult

children and recording as many songs as he can.

Zevon's most recent album, 2002's My Ride's Here, was highlighted by

collaborations with his literary friend and fishing pal, Carl

Hiaasen, as well as contributions from writers Paul Muldoon, Mitch Albom and

Hunter S. Thompson and backing vocals from TV host David Letterman, who shouts encouragement on the song "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)." His

previous album, 2000's Life'll Kill Ya, which, like many of his

releases, featured Zevon's signature logo -- a skull with a cigarette

dangling from its mouth -- ended with the somber ballad "Don't Let Us Get


On that track, Zevon sings, "Don't let us get sick/ Don't let us get old/ Don't let

us get stupid, all right?/ Just make us brave."

Zevon's first album, Wanted Dead or Alive, was released in 1969 and it

was followed by a self-titled album in l976, produced by Jackson Browne.

Excitable Boy, released in 1978, got Zevon on the mainstream map with his most

popular song, "Werewolves of London." Like so many of Zevon's most beloved

tunes ("Excitable Boy," "Play It All Night Long," "Lawyers, Guns and Money,"

"Poor, Poor Pitiful Me"), "Werewolves" showcased the singer's mix of cynicism,

literary knowledge and dark, satirical humor.

After a period of inactivity due to treatment for alcoholism, Zevon recorded

an album with the members of R.E.M. in 1987, Sentimental Hygiene, with

another set from those same sessions released three years later under the

name Hindu Love Gods. After 1995's poorly received Mutineer, the

singer took nearly five years off before releasing Life'll Kill Ya.

Zevon was slated to perform on Letterman's show in October to promote the

upcoming 22-track Rhino Records career retrospective, Genius: The Best of

Warren Zevon, due October 15, but it is unknown if he will be able to make the

appearance due to the state of his health.