Spoken-word musician Gil Scott-Heron dies in NYC

June 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" but saw his brilliance undermined by a years-long drug addiction, died Friday at age 62.