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Poet Gil Scott-Heron dies

By the CNN Wire Staff
Gil Scott-Heron was known for his poetry and soul works in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Gil Scott-Heron was known for his poetry and soul works in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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  • He was known for his poetry and soul works in the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • After a 13-year hiatus from making music, Scott-Heron put out a new album last year
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(CNN) -- Gil Scott-Heron, a poet and musician best known for the song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday, his publicist at XL Recordings said.

Born in 1949, Scott-Heron was known for his poetry and soul works in the late 1960s and early 1970s, according to his official website.

His early albums, "Pieces of a Man" and "Winter in America," has been credited with influencing other musical genres like hip hop.

After a 13-year hiatus from making music, Scott-Heron put out a new album last year called "I'm New Here."

CNN's Denise Quan contributed to this report.

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