1949-2011 -- Gil Scott-Heron, a pioneer in a style of musical spoken word that evolved into rap, died on May 27 at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 62. Perhaps Scott-Heron's more lasting legacy, though, lies in his lifelong insistence that music has to say something and mean something. His breakthrough record, 'Pieces of a Man' in 1971, included his best-known work, 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,' attacked the superficiality of mass media. Survived by daughter Jill Scott.
Michael Clarke Duncan, 1957-2012 Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, the miraculous mountain of muscle in the Oscar-nominated film "The Green Mile," died on Sept. 3, 2012 in Los Angeles after a massive heart attack in July. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound movie star was 54 years old.
"All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley died on July 24, 2012 at age 74. Hemsley rose to fame playing George Jefferson opposite TV wife Isabel Sanford from 1975-1985 and also appeared on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
1924 – 2010 -- Former Sec'y of State Alexander Haig, a 4-star general who served as a top adviser to three presidents and had presidential ambitions of his own, died at age 85. Haig's long and decorated military career included top posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. He never lived down his televised response to the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. ‘As of now, I am in control here in the White House, pending the return of the vice president,’ he said.