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Musician Gil Scott-Heron Dies

5/28/2011 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gil Scott-Heron, who wrote the poem and song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died in New York City yesterday. He was 62.

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According to reports, Scott-Heron became sick after returning from a trip to Europe.

Scott-Heron's work paved the way for modern hip-hop, and several rappers -- including Public Enemy front man Chuck D and Eminem -- expressed their condolences via Twitter (link, link).

Just last year he released his first new album in 16 years, "I'm New Here."

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Chai    

First!! R.I.P. Gil! You were a major influence on today's music and on spoken word poetry. Too bad most young people are clueless as to who you were and what you contributed to the arts.

1154 days ago
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Mike    

R.I.P Gill Scott-Heron. You were an inspiration to many.

1154 days ago
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Canadasux    

Who? Is he the "new" homeless guy with another golden voice.

By the way, I'm also clueless about this guy. But, I'm 54-years-old!

1154 days ago
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superchicken    

He looks about 86.

1154 days ago
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crema    

He was a life-long heroin addict and had aids

1154 days ago
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B    

I wouldn't even know who he was if Richard Pryor hadn't taken over Saturday Night Live way back when and declared this would be his musical guest, but I'm glad he did. Gill Scott-Heron was a gifted man, I'm sad to see him go. I always liked "Johannesburg".

1154 days ago
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crema    

saw him perform with spoken word/rapper Common in NYC's Central Park last summer ...glad I had the chance to experience it.

1154 days ago
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Chef Jack Tripper    

This should be required listening in schools and that rap crap should be banned, its for morons.

1154 days ago
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dd    

@B I loved Johannesburg too, the album is one of the greatest ever made you can actually listen to both sides. RIP GIL!

1154 days ago
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dd    

@crema Gil was NOT a lifelong heroin addict and he did NOT have aids...He became addicted to cocaine which a lot of people did during that time, especially entertainers, he served three years in prison because of the drug, got clean and started touring and put out a new album.

1154 days ago
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His Prince Michael    

My sincere condolences, and prayers, for the family, friends,
loved-ones, and colleagues of the bold and brilliant Mr. Gil Scott-Heron.

May The True and Living YAHWEH, bless his soul.

1154 days ago
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birdie    

I always enjoyed watching him work, what a talent. I am very glad I had the chance to see him a few times in Philadelphia. RIP my brother.

1154 days ago
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hello cleveland    

RIP GS-H.
P.S. To Canadasux: You are just CLUELESS. Period! Get your head out of the 'Top 40 box' and listen to some real music.
P.S.S. I am also 54.

1154 days ago
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Carl    

Gotta love people like Canadasux. Most people are too insecure to proclaim that they are a moron who are unaware of people that haven't been on top 40 radio in the past 5 years. But this guy comes here, makes a fool of himself, and lets the world know how little he knows. Good going!

1154 days ago
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Bill    

Never heard of him..... did he die of green teeth?

1154 days ago
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