Basketball Diaries Writer Carroll Dead
Punk musician and poet Jim Carroll has died following a heart attack. He was 60.
Carroll, best known for his memoirs, The Basketball Diaries, which were adapted into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 1995, passed away at his home in New York on Friday (11Sep09).
He published his biography in 1978, in which he told of his hellraising youth as a basketball player and a severe drug addict in Manhattan.
He went on to become an acclaimed poet and punk star, who worked with the likes of Lou Reed and The Doors.