Cancer claims life of Gang Starr Guru

At 43, the iconic MC and hip hop artist Gang Starr MC Guru succumbs to a cancer-related disease.

The MC, whose real name is Keith Elam, had surgery after a heart attack last February 28. He had later fallen into a coma. He died on Monday, April 19, after his 2-month battle with cancer.

According to MTV News, the hip hop legend had written a touching farewell note to his fans, friends, and loved ones across the world.

“I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

“My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf [of] myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.”

Guru had been famous after teaming up with DJ Premier in the group Gang Starr. The duo made music by cleverly combining New York Jazz and hip hop. Gang Starr is acclaimed for his work in revolutionizing the New York hip hop music scene and is respected for establishing the sound of jazz rap.

His music includes Step in the Arena which came out in 1990 and Moment of Truth which became popular in 1998.