Influential musician and poet passed away on Friday (May 27)
The influential musician and poet, who was 62, passed away in a New York hospital after falling ill following a recent trip to Europe. The cause of his death is still unclear.
Snoop Dogg tweeted that the spoken-word legend was “1 of tha greats”, while Wu Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah wrote on his Twitter page: “Salute Mr. Gil Scott-Heron for his wisdom and poetry! May he Rest in Paradise.”
Shortly after news of the death broke yesterday (28), XL Recordings boss Richard Russell – who produced Scott-Heron‘s final studio album ‘I’m New Here’ – revealed his thoughts and memories on his blog. He said that the musician had “immense” talent and spirit.
Meanwhile, Public Enemy‘s Chuck D revealed that he had recently been working on new material with Scott-Heron, while New York rapper Talib Kweli and Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers also paid their own tributes.