Punk Poet and Basketball Diaries Author Jim Carroll Dies at 60

Punk Poet and <i>Basketball Diaries</i> Author Jim Carroll Dies at 60
Punk poet and accomplished writer Jim Carroll died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment on Friday (September 11). He was 60.

While his most recent book was 1998's Void of Course, Carroll was best known as the author of 1978's The Basketball Diaries, an autobiographical book that became a career-defining film for Leonardo DiCaprio. For some, Carroll was referred to as "new Bob Dylan," with Patti Smith once callin him "the best poet of his generation."

Along with being a writer, Carroll was a musician, performing in the Jim Carroll Band. Their first album, 1980's Catholic Boy, is considered the "last great punk album" by some. He has also lyrically collaborated with the likes of Lou Reed, Pearl Jam and more recently Rancid on their album ...And Out Come the Wolves.

Carroll is survived by his brother Tom Carroll.