Gil Scott-Heron's Death (May 27, 2011)
After falling ill following a trip to Europe. the legendary poet, singer, and songwriter Gil Scott-Heron died at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City. Although the official cause of death remains unknown, Heron had been HIV-positive for several years and had previously been hospitalized for pneumonia.
Best known for radical, jazz-infused works like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and "Whitey's On The Moon," Gil Scott-Heron was regarded as one of the most talented and thought-provoking songwriters in history, and widely credited as a forefather of hip-hop. As well as sampling Heron's work on his recent song "Lost In The World," Kanye West also rapped a tribute to the artist at his funeral. Rest in peace.