Guru’s Family Issues Press Release

Guru Tribute

In the midst of the tragic death of one of hip-hop’s legends, Guru’s family issues a press release pretty much contradicting Solar’s account that Guru had come out of the coma when he was hospitalized back in February. According to Guru’s sister Patricia Elam he never regained consciousness. Ms. Elam sent the following to DJ Premier and would like it distributed to all media outlets…..


The Elam family wishes to thank the fans of our son/brother/father uncle/nephew/cousin Keith aka GURU for the outpouring of love, concern and support.

Our hearts are broken by the loss of someone we loved so much. GURU was devoted to his young son, who will most keenly feel his absence.

GURU suffered from multiple myeloma for over a year. Accrued complications from this illness led to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. As a result, GURU was in a coma from mid February until his death and never regained consciousness. Early on the morning of April 19th, he became hypertensive due to low blood pressure. He again went into cardiac arrest and slipped away from us.

GURU died far too young but he was, and we are, proud of all his many legendary musical contributions.

The family is not aware of any foundations established by GURU. We know and understand that countless fans want to express their condolences and love and, to that end, we are planning a memorial event in the near future that will be all-inclusive. Please look for further details from the family as they become available.

from The Elam Family


If it is true that Guru never regained consciousness then it definitely puts into question the validity of the letter that Solar released on behalf of Guru. It is so sad that during a time when we should all be celebrating Guru’s life & Gang Starr’s contribution to the hip-hop game it is being overshadowed with petty he said/he said bull-sh*t. Whatever the truth is, hopefully it will come to light soon. And for me for as long as I live whenever I think of Guru or Gang Starr I will always think of DJ Premier. Who the f*ck is a “Solar” anyway!! Dude, go that way —> (Big Pun Voice).

In Memory Of Guru

July 17, 1966 – April 19, 2010

“Lemonade was a popular drink…”


Press release and Guru picture courtesy of

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