Summary: poet and punk rock musician who chronicled his wild teen years in The Basketball Diaries (1978), made into a 1995 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who was a fixture of the burgeoning downtown New York art scene in the 1970's and also published several poetry collections while his 1980 album, Catholic Boy, has been hailed as a landmark punk record.
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Born: August 1, 1949
Died: September 11, 2009
Location: New York City, New York