Gil Scott-Heron, often dubbed as the 'Godfather of Hip-Hop', died yesterday (27 May 2011) aged 62. Whilst the cause of death is not clear, it is known that Gil Scott-heron died in a New York hospital, according to Metro.
Last night reports had emerged about his death as Scott-Heron's UK publisher Jamie Byng released a statement on Twitter stating: 'Just heard the very sad news that my dear friend and one of the most inspiring people I've ever met, the great Gil Scott-Heron, died today'. The singer, who has influenced modern rappers such as Kanye West and Mos Def, has been celebrated by a variety of artists. Mos Def himself told New York Magazine: 'He's one of my heroes, an incredible source of energy, power, and truth in the world'. Scott-Heron's friend Doris Nolan also told Associated Press: 'We're all sort of shattered'. Scott-Heron was most famous for his spoken word piece 'The Revolution will not be Televised' in 1970. He then established a catalogue of work which transgressed various music genres such as jazz, soul and blues. Using minimal use of instruments and backing controversial issues such as politics, race and drug use, Scott-Heron soon captured public attention.
Gil Scott-heron's latest album, 'I'm New Here', was released last year. It was his first studio release for 16 years. Gil Scott-heron leaves behind widowed actress BRENDA SKYES and a daughter.