- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Punk poet

Jim Carroll, 60, the poet and punk rocker who wrote “The Basketball Diaries,” died Friday after a heart attack at his home in Manhattan, his ex-wife Rosemary Carroll told the New York Times.

In the 1970s, Mr. Carroll was a fixture of the burgeoning downtown New York art scene, where he mixed with artists such as Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Larry Rivers and Robert Mapplethorpe. His life was shaped by drug use, which he wrote about extensively.

Mr. Carroll also published several poetry collections, and his 1980 album, “Catholic Boy,” has been hailed as a landmark punk record. He became known for one of its songs, “People Who Died.”

However, it was “The Basketball Diaries,” his autobiographical tale of life as a sports star at Trinity, an elite private high school in Manhattan, that brought him his widest audience. The son of a bar owner, Mr. Carroll attended the school on a basketball scholarship.

Compiled by Stephanie Green from wire and Web reports

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