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(thank you to Gord from the LiveFromHeadqcourterz blog and Primo’s camp)

Along with the sadness surrounding the death of Guru from GangStarr, ther’s also been much confusion and skepticism over his best friend Solar’s press release, and more importantly, Solar’s claim that Guru wrote a final statement, which empowers Solar and disowns DJ Premier from the GangStarr legacy. Fans and former associates of Guru were outraged, but Solar answered with this…
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But how could Guru make the statement….if Guru was in a coma from mid-February until the day he passed away (Monday, April 19)?

Guru’s family released their own statement today, finally shedding light on Guru’s medical history, his recent struggles and ultimately, his cause of death. Their statement never addresses Solar’s grandstanding, but it makes one thing very clear. Someone is lying.

Read the full Elam Family statement after the jump…

UPDATE: Ciph and Rosenberg addressed this situation this morning on Hot97, and even played old interview clips from Guru and Solar….after the jump…

Guru’s sister Patricia Elam sent out this Elam family statement:

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

(*multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma blood cells, ie. bone marrow cancer)

(**this refers to the “each one counts” foundation which Solar claims Guru was a part of. There is a legit non-profit by that name, but it was started by staff at Villanova University)

Related: Jon Caramanica wrote a very nice overview of Guru’s life and career in the NYTimes

UPDATE: Ciph and Rosenberg, prior to the family statement, breaking down the Solar x Guru dynamic, and playing audio clips of Solar saying that he wasn’t a fan of GangStarr back when Solar and Guru were promoting their last Jazzmatazz project. (download link)

Previously:
Rest In Peace, Guru: Legendary GangStarr MC dies of cancer, at age 43 (Updated)
Mr. Cee’s “Hot97 Throwback at Noon” Guru Tribute: A Tribute to Guru