It’s been reported on DJ Premier’s Blog that Hip Hop legend Guru (real name Keith Elam and best known as front man for GangStarr) died yesterday (April 19th) after a long battle fighting cancer.

Guru allegedly wrote this letter to fans while in hospital battling his illness.

Via BallerStatus.com

I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options. I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

I do not wish my ex-DJ [DJ Premier] to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.

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Rest In Peace Guru  (1966 – 2010)

17 replies »

  1. Rest in peace Guru, wish i still had those tapes i had back in the days. If he really did write that letter im saddened by the hatred he still had in his heart for his “ex Dj” but such is life. Ulale ngoxolo qhawe lemvumi (rest in peace legend of music)

  2. R.I.P.

    You think so?… yeah maybe, what I question is why wasn’t the letter realised before his passing, Guru knew he was gonna pass.?

  3. first paragraph brought a little tear to my eye, by the second paragraph i laughed at myself for even thinking this letter is true!

  4. shit… I hoped he’d pull through but with cancer all we can do is pray. is it solar as in Mc Solaar ? I know Mc solaar featured a few times in Guru’s albums. I have every single album, dvd, vynil . I haven’t been sad in a decade . This one violent migraine is taking control of me right now.

  5. Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal!!! May Peace be upon you ahki

    In reading this letter there are two obvious reasons for sadness…

    1) A profound voice of hip hop and one of the creators and innovators of a sub-genre is gone…a light extinguished too soon. The legacy will live in the beautiful ART he’s created for us to all enjoy and learn from. The Obvious.

    2) The second thing that really saddens me…is that in this letter you can see/read and feel the pain of a rift that was not healed. In him not referring to Primo by name, in him going over the top to reference Solar and their relationship it would appear as if GURU and Premier never made peace. The influence of their ART cannot be denied, there is no GANGSTARR without PRIMO….there is no GANGSTARR without GURU…and it hurts to see that GURU goes to the earth without having peaced that up.

  6. just heard that Solar (not MC Solar) was his producer, and while Guru was in a coma somehow Solar began his sole guardian, no visits no news given without his consent, even his own family were not aloud to see him without him knowing, it all comes across as being very very sinister.

  7. Tears are rolling down my cheeks…Rest in Peace Love & Respect

    Sun Mee aka Sunshyne

  8. im only 14 and my love for gang starr will go on forever i cant belive hes gone….Guru died the lead rapper from Gang Starr age of 43 GANG STARR…there goes my hero…i swear to god three days befor he died i had a dream that he died….yall please go listen to Gang Starr…Guru was the hero of my life the only person i looked up too… Rest In Peace….Much love to Dj Premire Guru 4.19.10

  9. I get this weird feeling about this letter. Eerrrr I don’t think I should be asking questions or speculating about a dead man’s sexuality

    Rest in Peace Guru

  10. Thought… I agree with you when you say one of the most decorated and profound voices in hip hop is gone. Also, I agree with you when you say he went back to the earth without peace in his heart. Still I say, I love what you brought to the game and I love the spirit you projected.

    On another note, not trying to start a conspiracy theory or nothing, but if this letter is written by anyone else other than Keith “GURU” Elam, yall need to be shot for doing that bull ish. Rest in Peace Guru and know Premier Loves you too. Yall brothers made history together.

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