Gil Scott-Heron is an American poet and musician known for his work in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He is also associated with African American militant activism. His best-known songs are “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” and “Angel Dust.”
In the mid 1970’s, Scott-Heron married actress Brenda Sykes (pictured above in white cap). Sykes came from a middle class family and her brother Doug was a top ranked tennis player who once beat the late Arthur Ashe. Doug would become a lawyer and represent boxer George Foreman in the late 1970’s. Sykes and Heron had a daughter, Gia Scott-Heron. They would divorce a few years later.
Allegedly, Scott-Heron would do jail time for crack possession. Scott-Heron’s ex-girlfriend, Monique de Latour, paints a grim picture. She alleges, that Scott-Heron "spends around $2,000 per week on cocaine and he does not have a home, he allegedly lived in a crack house for a year and owes $20,000 for his mother’s funeral." She further alleged that she once came home to find Scott-Heron with a bunch of $2 dollar crack whores and that he removed all the light bulbs in his apartment because he was convinced someone was spying on him.
In 1999, she obtained a restraining order against him after he allegedly hurled a table at her. Scott-Heron denies the allegations.
Media outlets reported last year that Scott-Heron is allegedly HIV-positive.