Gil Scott Heron, revolutionary musician and poet, passed away on Friday, 27 May, in New York. His book publisher confirmed that 62-year-old Heron passed away, but offered no explanation as to the cause of death. The only information released is that Heron had been ill after returning home from a European trip, but specific details have yet to be released.
The poet is often credited as one of the main forefathers of hip hop, and it was only in September 2010, we had quoted from his renowned piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” in FAB’s Editor’s Letter:
Heron spent much of the 2000s struggling and battling drug addiction, recovery, and incarceration, after he was released from jail in 2007 he began performing once again, even releasing an album in 2010 titled, I’m New Here.