Gil Scott-Heron 1949-2011

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Gil Scott-Heron died on the afternoon of May 27, 2011 at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York City, after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip. In response, Public Enemy‘s Chuck D stated “RIP GSH..and we do what we do and how we do because of you.” on his Twitter account. His UK publisher, Jamie Byng, called him “one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met”. On hearing of the death R&B singer Usher stated “I just learned of the loss of a very important poet…R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron. The revolution will be live!!”. Richard Russel, who produced Scott-Heron’s final studio album called him a “”father figure of sorts to me”. Eminem stated that “He influenced all of hip-hop,” He is survived by his wife, Brenda Sykes and daughter.

Rest in Peace

1996 BBC documentary. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, parts 1-4: