Gil Scott-Heron dies

Musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron has died at the age of 62.

Chicago-born Scott-Heron's music combined elements of jazz, soul and blues, often with a powerful political message in such classics as The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

His best-known work includes 1971's Pieces Of A Man and 1974's Winter In America, both in collaboration with keyboardist, composer and producer Brian Jackson.

His 1970s work in particular was hugely influential on later musical developments, particularly hip-hop. He has been called the "Godfather of rap" although he was reluctant to accept the label.

Last year saw the release of his 13th album, the critically-acclaimed I'm New Here. His continuing legendary reputation among current artists was demonstrated in the remix of the album by Jamie xx, which was released in February as We're New Here.

Gil Scott-Heron died in New York's St Luke's Hospital.

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