Acclaimed poet, singer, musician and author with a widely acknowledged influence on Hip Hop, Gil Scott-Heron has died aged 62 in New York.

Whilst the cause of death is not yet known, according to reports Scott-Heron became sick on returning to New York following his recent trip to Europe.

“A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company, said he died in the afternoon at St. Luke’s Hospital,” reports Billboard.

Well known for “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” which featured on his sociopolitical debut album in 1970 titled Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, Gil Scott-Heron’s most recent studio album was I’m New Here, released through independent label XL Recordings in February 2010.

Gil Scott-Heron – “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”:

More details as they come.