http://rapfix.mtv.com/2011/05/27/gil-scott-heron-has-passes-away/ Celebrated poet, musician and author Gil Scott-Heron passed away today at the age of 62 as a result of yet unknown causes. Scott-Heronâ€™s death was reportedly confirmed by the legendary spoken word artistâ€™s publisher Jamie Byng via Twitter with the tweet reading, â€œJust 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.â€ Often regarded as one of the leaders and chief influences in the precursory stages of hip hop, Gil Scott-Heron helped to define a turbulent time for African-Americans and black militarism in the 1970s via his well-known works such as Pieces Of A Man and Winter In America. His politically charged poem and song â€œThe Revolution Will Not Be Televisedâ€ is perhaps Scott-Heronâ€™s most notable work as the 1971 single from Pieces Of A Man has been sampled by hip hop artists and often quoted by many. As news of Scott-Heronâ€™s passing rippled through cyberspace, rap artists who no doubt saw the poet as a hero offered touching words in his memory. Talib Kweli mentioned several references to his connection to Scott-Heron and offered a loving tribute in a series of tweets from his Twitter account. â€œWow. The rest of my night I'm gonna listen to Gil Scot Heron. We love you brother. We will miss you. RIP.â€ Talib went on to add, â€œI met Gil Scot Heron at SOBs in 1993, I went to see him perform. He completely influenced me as an artist.â€ A quick glance at Kweliâ€™s account will reveal other loving anecdotes from the rapper. Slaughterhouse rapper Joell Ortiz also tweeted his memories of Gil Scott-Heron. â€œSeen Gil Scott Heron at Joe's Pub when I was a kid. Prince was there,â€ remarked Ortiz. Producer Just Blaze could barely address the news via his Twitter account. â€œTerrible news to get while on stage. No one in my family died but gil scot was ... ah forget it. Gonna finish this show,â€ said the beat maker. Public Enemy front man Chuck D added, â€œRIP GSH..and we do what we do and how we do because of you.And to those that don't know tip your hat with a hand over your heart & recognize.â€ Chuck D also revealed via his Twitter account that he was to be featured on an upcoming project with Scott-Heron. Gil Scott Heronâ€™s 2010 album Iâ€™m New Here was released to critical acclaim and signaled a resurgence of art from the poet as his much publicized struggles with drug addiction and legal problems almost overshadowed his legacy. Scott-Heron leaves behind 15 studio albums, 11 compilation albums and 9 live recordings. R.I.P. to the great Gil Scott-Heron. Your words will live on forever.