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Punk Rocker, Poet Dies, Dies

Patricia Sullivan

Jim Carroll, 60, a poet-turned-punk rocker whose book "The Basketball Diaries" chronicled his descent from elite high school basketball star to Times Square drug addict, thief and prostitute, died Sept. 11 at his home in Manhattan after a heart attack.

In addition to the autobiographical account of his early teen years, he wrote and sang what became a punk classic, "People Who Died," a manic, accelerating roll call of the singer's dead friends. Here's his performance of it:

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 14, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
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