Keorapetse Kgositsile, former South African poet laureate and father of musician Earl Sweatshirt, has died aged 79.

According to SABC News, the poet and writer died Wednesday morning. Beginning his career at a South African anti-apartheid newspaper in 1960, Kgositsile soon became an active member of the African National Congress Liberation movement.

After going into exile the writer moved to the U.S., where he earned his MFA in poetry at Columbia University and published his first poetry collection, Spirits Unchained, in 1969.

Despite a reportedly strained relationship with his son, Kgositsile remained a constant figure in the former Odd Future member's music. Notably on tracks, "Grown Ups," "Off Top," and "Chum."

For more on the poet's work, check out Keorapetse Kgositsile reading at the Berlin Poetry Festival below.

In other news, Terry Richardson is officially under investigation for sexual assault.

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