At just 43 years of age, the famed rapper Keith Elam, better known as Guru, has died. His death comes after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Guru first suffered a cardiac arrest in March of this year and had been in a coma ever since.
Solar, Guru’s producer, said that the Gang Starr rapper had been fighting cancer for over a year and had tried several different types of treatments. They all had failed.
Guru had wanted to keep his condition private but had to be admitted to a local hospital earlier this year due to the illness.
Guru and his Gang Starr partner DJ Premier helped define the sound of New York’s underground hip hop scene in the 1990s.
Gang Starr recorded more than 6 albums between 1989 and 2003 and Guru gained worldwide fame. In 2003, the duo split up after being known for making “conscious rap”.
Guru later went on to produce several “Jazzmataz” albums where he teamed up with several hip hop, jazz and soul artists. He then went on a world tour with Solar.
An official statement issued says that Guru passed away early on April 19 due to his battle with cancer.
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