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R.I.P.: Gil Scott-Heron dies aged 62

Gil Scott-HeronRevolutionary poet and singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron, best known for his songs “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and “The Bottle,” died last Friday at NYC’s St Luke’s Hospital at the age of 62.

The exact cause of death has not been revealed by his family members, but Gil Scott-Heron had been suffering health problems and battling drug addiction for some time. He apparently became ill following a recent trip to Europe.

The Chicago-born singer and poet was educated in New York and became a published novelist before the age of 20. He went on to release over a dozen albums by the early 80s, but was later dropped by his label as his problems with addiction grew.

Following a perion of incarcaration during the 2000s, Gil Scott-Heron made a return to music last year , releasing the critically acclaimed ‘I’m New Here’ (2010) and the collaboration with Jamie xx ‘We’re New Here’ (2011).

Rest In Peace.

Watch Gil Scott-Heron’s cover of Smog’s “I’m New Here”, from his 2010 album of the same name:

‘I’m New Here’ and ‘We’re New Here’ are out now on XL Recordings via Remote Control

Posted in News on June 1st, 2011 - By Leo / Tags: , ,