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Legendary Poet, Musician Gil Scott-Heron Passes Away

Anna Webber/Stringer(NEW YORK) -- Legendary composer, writer, and musician Gil Scott-Heron died on Friday at the age of 62.

Scott-Heron came to prominence with his albums "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," "Pieces of a Man," and "Winter in America" during the 1970s. He is attributed with developing the genre of hip-hop and rap, which he felt was a medium to animate the African-American community.

Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City after becoming ill on tour.

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