Guru's Sister Releases Official Statement

Published April 22, 2010

On the heels of Guru's death, his sister, Patricia Elam, has released an official statement addressing her brother's untimely passing.

The statement comes just two days after Guru (born Keith Elam) succumbed to multiple myeloma, which he'd been battling for over a year. Patricia released her statement this morning via TheSource.com, thanking all of Guru's fans and supporters.

"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."

DJ Premier, one half of the legendary Gang Starr with Guru, also released a statement in response to Guru's letter.

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Written by Nile Ivey, BET.com Staff

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