He was 62.
As an influential poet and musician, Scott-Heron is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”
And of course when you think of Gil Scott-Heron it’s impossible not to also recall his masterpiece jam, and some say, self-fulfilling prophecy, “In the Bottle.” (Scroll down to watch it.)
Scott-Heron struggled publicly with substance abuse in the 2000s, and spent the early part of the decade in and out of jail on drug possession charges. He began performing again after his release in 2007, and in 2010 released a new album, “I’m New Here.”
At posting time, the specific details of his death had been released other than he was hospitalized after taking ill upon returning from a European trip.
For more on the life of Gil Scott Here, see his Wikipedia page, HERE.