Guru cannot have written 'deathbed' statement, say family

Family of late rapper Guru confirm that bizarre statement must be fake, as he had been in a coma since February

The bizarre "deathbed statement" from the late rapper Guru has been labelled a fake by his family.

The Gang Starr rapper died this week from a heart attack after months of ill health. He had fallen into a coma in February, but a letter that emerged saw him apparently tell fans he was doing fine. Moreover, Guru, born Keith Elam, appeared to distance himself from his Gang Starr partner DJ Premier in his statement, adding that "[producer] Solar is the only person who has the accurate information on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false!"To many hip-hop fans this seemed an unlikely political move from a seriously ill man.

Now, a statement from Elam's sister confirms that the letter cannot be authentic. Stopping short of referring to the words themselves, Patricia Elam confirmed that Guru never regained consciousness after lapsing into a coma in February.

She said: "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 19 April, 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 musical contributions."

She added that while the family are not aware of any charitable foundations established by Guru, fans wanting to pay their respects could expect details soon of "a memorial event that will be all-inclusive".


Dan Martin

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