Gil Scott-Heron, Chicago native, dead at age 62

Written By Timothy Fitz on Saturday, May 28, 2011 | 5/28/2011 12:46:00 AM


Controversial poet, author, musician, and Chicago native, Gil Scott-Heron, is dead at the age of 62.

Scott-Heron, who had a tremendous influence on the hip-hop movement, died Friday, May 27, 2011, in New York.

According to ContactMusic.com, the 62-year-old became ill after a trip to Europe.

Scott-Heron was rumored to be HIV positive and he also struggled with drug addiction.

One of Scott-Heron's most memorable tunes, The Bottle, was a dance floor favorite among Chicago House Music fans.

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