Author/punk Jim Carroll dead at age 60

He wrote The Basketball Diaries" and was played onscreen by Leo Di Caprio"

Jim Carroll, the silver-spooned wastrel, who resurrected himself as an author and punk rocker, has died of a heart attack. Best known for The Basketball Diaries, the harrowing chronicle of his descent from private school athlete to trick-turning smack addict. Carroll and his band, Jim Carroll Band, also turned out what is sometimes called the “last great punk album.” And he got to see Leonardo Di Caprio play him on film.

The New York Times

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