August 4 [7:55 EDT] -- William S. Burroughs, the Beat writer who collaborated with the likes of Kurt Cobain and U2, died this weekend at the age of 83.
According to Reuters, Burroughs died on Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas after suffering a heart attack on Friday.
The writer (who rose to prominence with his contemporaries Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti as the forefathers of the Beat movement in American literature and culture) was best known for his 1959 novel "Naked Lunch." That work was brought to the big screen in 1991 by filmmaker David Cronenberg.
An extraordinary talented manipulator of the English language, Burroughs coined many phrases that ended up in modern music, including the term "Heavy Metal".
Burroughs had enjoyed a revival in recent years, teaming with Kurt Cobain to record an album, and most recently making an appearance in U2's "Last Night On Earth" video.