Poet. Author. Spoken-Word Musician.
According to reports he got sick after returning from a trip to Europe and died Friday evening at St. Luke's Hospital in New York.
Obituary from The Telegraph.
Obituary from NPR.
Gil Scott-Heron entry on Wikipedia.
Link to 6-part one hour Godfather of Rap-documentary on YouTube. Or watch it directly here:
A couple of videos/songs. The Bottle from 1974 and I'm New Here from 2010.
UPDATE May 29:
The New Yorker: Gil Scott-Heron’s Scornful Brilliance
The New Yorker: Profile - New York Is Killing Me
Chicago Tribune: Gil Scott-Heron, the essential recordings
The Observer.co.uk Gil Scott-Heron interview 2000
Gil Scott-Heron at Allmusic.com
Richard Russell of XL Records who released Gil's 2010 album I'm New Here