Gang Starr MC Guru, also known as Keith Elam, was confirmed dead at the age of 43 on April 19, 2010. According to MTV, the rapper had been suffering from cancer for a long time and finally succumbed to the deadly disease. According to Gang Starr Guru’s producer, Solar, the hip-hop king had been battling cancer for over a year.
The rapper has apparently been overcoming an enormous amount of health-related issues, including suffering from a heart attack last month, undergoing a successful surgery and and subsequently falling into a coma, according to CNN.
Guru was most well-known from the early 1990’s while a part of the duo Gang Starr, and released albums that included Step in the Area and Daily Operation. His solo albums included Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 (1993) and Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures (2005). MC Solar was his new producer and backup on the latter. The Jazzmastazz series ended up having four compilations. All of Guru’s albums can be purchased in music stores throughout the country, including in the state of Indiana.
Guru is noted as establishing a non-profit organization named Each One Counts. The purpose of the organization was described through a letter from Guru to his fans, and released after his death. Each One Counts was established in order to help with the education and research of the cancer as well as carry on the legacy of Guru’s charitable work empowering abused and disadvantaged children.
The letters released by Solar also contained a great deal of information regarding Guru’s wishes, leading many to question their validity in general.