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.

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."