Brooklyn native Jean-Michel Basquiat embodied, along with friends Keith Haring, Debbie Harry, and Madonna, a new generation of gifted artists who emerged in the underground Downtown New York scene of the early '80s. Gallerists and critics praised his naive, neo-expressionist style, turning the young man into an overnight sensation. Under Andy Warhol's wing, he enjoyed fame and money, often pictured painting in expensive Armani suits. But with the pressure of success came the temptation of drugs: on August 12, 1988, Basquiat overdosed on heroin and was found dead in his NoHo loft. He was only 27.
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