Warren Zevon's Final Cut
, a restless, sardonic bard who embodied the dark edge and excess of the famed singer-songwriter scene in 1970s Southern California, died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.
``I feel the opposite of regret,'' he said then. ``I was the hardest-living rocker on my block for a while. I was a malfunctioning rummy for a while and running away for a while. Then for 18 years I was a sober dad of some amazing kids. Hey, I feel like I've lived a couple of lives -- and now when people listen to the music they'll say, `Hey maybe the guy wasn't being so morbid after all.' ''
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Zevon spent much of his time during his illness doting on family and working in a home studio on a new album, ``The Wind.''