Poet and songwriter was hailed as 'Godfather of Rap' after penning The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

This article titled “Gil Scott-Heron dies aged 62” was written by David Sharrock, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 28th May 2011 08.49 UTC

The musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron – best known for his pioneering rap The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – has died at the age of 62, having fallen ill after a European trip.

Jamie Byng, his UK publisher, announced the news via Twitter: “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.”

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