Family and friends are planning a small private memorial service for singer/songwriter Warren Zevon.

Family and friends are planning a small private memorial service for singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, who died in his sleep Sunday, a year after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He was 56.

Zevon's manager says the artist's ashes will be scattered over the Pacific Ocean. A public memorial service may occur at a later date. Zevon's official Web site is directing fans who wish to make contributions in his name to VH1's Save the Music Foundation.

The head of Zevon's record company says the artist "exited in a most extraordinary way." Danny Goldberg of Artemis Records says it's amazing that Zevon was given three months to live, yet completed an album ("The Wind"), released it and was able to see it debut at No. 16 on The Billboard 200.

Goldberg says not only was Zevon a great musician, but "a very nice guy, with a curmudgeony exterior that masqueraded a very caring personality."


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