Poet Jim Carroll died of a heart attack on Friday, September 11. He was 60 years old.
While he was widely respected as a poet, he is probably best known for his book The Basketball Diaries, which was made into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
He was also the front man of the rock group The Jim Carroll Band. The group released three albums in the early 1980's, but eventually Carroll went back to writing full time.
Carroll was working on a novel, tentatively titled The Petting Zoo, at the time of his death.
Read the works of Jim Carroll.