NEW YORK (AFP) - The legendary US musician Gil Scott-Heron, known as the Godfather of Rap , has died in New York at the age of 62 , his recording company announced. The musician, best known as song The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, died Friday at a New York hospital, according to XL Recordings. Born in 1949, Scott-Heron first gained fame for his poetry and spoken word performances in the late 1960s. His early albums, Pieces of a Man and Winter in America, have been credited with influencing future hip hop musicians. But it was the 1970 song The Revolution Will Not Be Televised that made Scott-Heron famous.Much of Scott-Herons music reflected his struggle with an addiction to drugs and alcohol.