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Gangstarr’s Guru Suffers Heart Attack, Currently In Coma

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 03/01/10

GuruLegendary rapper Guru, best known as a member of the rap duo Gangstarr, reportedly suffered a heart attack recently and is currently in critical condition.

According to HipHopWired.com, the 43-year-old rapper (real name: Keith Elam) went into cardiac arrest sometime last month, and has since slipped into a coma.

Guru's former partner, DJ Premier, was set to call into DJ Eclipse's HipHopNation/Sirius show to speak on the rapper's condition. But, several reports indicate that he decided to hold off.

HipHopWired, however, says the call did take place, and Premier revealed that Guru is set to undergo surgery Monday afternoon (March 1).

Further details regarding his condition are unknown.

The news of the rapper's heart attack shocked many in the hip-hop community, who took to Twitter to express their reactions. Below are a few of their comments:

"When Worst Comes To Worst My Peoples Come First #PrayforGuru," Dilate Peoples' Evidence wrote (@MrEvidence).

"All my greatest positive energy and prayers going to Guru and family... please get well," Jean Grae tweeted (@JeanGreasy).

"Praying 4 Guru...," commented Slaughterhouse member, Royce Da 5'9 (@RoyceDaFive9).

"my prayers go out to guru, ((((((prayers, love, meditation))))))," said Pharoahe Monch (@pharoahemonch).

As the sole MC for Gangstarr, with DJ Premier serving as the producer, Guru served as a pioneer for hip-hop/jazz crossovers. The duo released six studio LPs and two greatest collections. Many of their albums are considered hip-hop classics.

The pair's latest album came in 2003 (The Ownerz, after the went their separate ways, calling the split a long break.

As of recent years, Guru began working with a new producer named Solar, launched his own label 7 Grand Records, and has released several new projects.

Guru will be in our prayers.

  • Fred

    PRAY 2 GOD IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST GURU IS OK....

  • BIG ZHOKGOD ALLAH IYLALLAH

    PEACE MY DUDE AND MAY THE MOST HIGH TRUE AND LIVING ALMIGHTY GOD(THE ALLAH)... BE WITH YOU AS YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS, MEDITATIONS AND THOUGHTS. I LOVE YOU BROTHER AND WISH A SPEEDY RECOVERY; FOR YOU ARE A RARE JEWEL...

  • http://www.officialtinotomas.com Tino Tomas

    Guru, my prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. Hang in there my friend.
    Ciao,
    Tino Tomas

  • b.k. da wrestler

    I hope he'll though a coma,We don't wanna lose emcees this yr.Plz god that Guru Will make it so save him

  • scally

    holy shit!!!!! if he does'nt make it, a piece of hip hops heart will be lost. thoughts an prayers...c'mon BK/beantowner!!!pull threw homie

  • J basteez

    Guru....my thoughts and prayers are with you, your fam, and all the fans. PLEASE GET WELL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!...We still need your presence, guidance, musical inspirations here on earth...GET WELL SOON MY BROTHA!!!

  • http://sketchcityla.com biels1

    Hope he comes back to us.! Hip hop needs yah homie.!

  • mercedes1010

    Thats fucked up! I remember when only old people would get heart attacks, now it seems like people are getting younger! Black men have to go to the doctor and dont wait until something happens! Get well soon guru.

  • Mama D

    Keith is a good man.

  • http://www.publishamerica.net/product89316/html Fiordaliza Charles

    My prayers are with you and your family, Praying for your speedy recovery...

  • dj fuze style kingz posse UK

    prayers and thoughts out to Guru and his family and friends....

  • http://www.djdbefekt.com dj DBEFEKT

    If real hip hop is where you belong to ,
    this man is one of your fathers.
    All prayers gotta go to him right now.

  • http://iamsoze.blogspot.com/ VENGEANCE IS MINE!!!!!!!!!!

    A REAL ICON...

    LET'Z PRAY FOR ONE OF HIP HOP'S GREATEST....

  • sexysabs

    Sending best wishes, thoughts and prayers to Guru and his family at this difficult time.
    These streets need ya guidance.

  • http://www.niiwilson.com Nii Wilson

    I hope he pulls through. He is 43 years young. I truly hope he was taking care of himself. Many blessings Guru pull thru

  • MAINTAIN

    When I think of real Hip Hop Guru is one of the first to pop in my head...he is very important to the culture!!!My prayers will be with him and his family!!!MAINTAIN!!!

  • http://www.vann-digital.com/ Vann Digital Networks

    Damn sorry to hear that.

    Hope he get well soon.

    From Gangstarr to today,

    I still fucks with Guru.

    Much love to him and his fam.

  • P. MUSIC

    I MET GURU 1NCE @ A SMOKIN GROOVES CONCERT . I GAVE HIM PROPS ON THE SHOW HE & PREEMO JUST DID . HE WAS REAL HUMBLE & DOWN 2 EARTH. LIKE A REGULAR BROTHA . I PRAY ALLAH BRINGS HIM 2 GOOD HEALTH.

  • AliEnJUnGle

    "Clips are inserted into my gun,
    so I could take the money and never have to run." Dwyk

    The originator, the author, the pioneer, the teacher. Praying for a full recovery...no doubt.

  • DreTruth

    this is the Lord speaking to Generation x and y that we need to get on our knees and repent. I never seen so many rappers die or get sick before in my life and it has alot to do with the ill they brought forth. I am deeply sadden by this news because he's one of the best that ever did it. I hope he recovers and gett better along the way. He can recover and come out not using limbs or remembering his name. GLory be to GOD that he comes out of this okay. In Jesus name I pray for you brother.

  • pg

    Gifted unlimited, rhymes universal. Dont let hip hop lose another legend.

  • mr225toyou

    Man, yo GURU please pull through. God bless you and your family as you go through this.

  • stanknasty

    GURU keep strong brotha.....43 yrs old dammn...we can't take our own biology for granted

    GURU I know you'll make it through

  • Philly-O

    Prayers go out to Guru, who was one of the MCs I grew up listening to and influenced me when I started to pick up the mic, the pen, and the pad. I know he's influenced countless others as well.

  • kamaukali

    Peace to Guru and his family. God is with you....

  • Niki G.

    I pray that Guru recovers from this and regains his health!

  • gaetarick

    The realest ... get better soon.

  • A-Beatz of WTNRRADIO.COM

    Get well Guru.

  • http://cdbaby.com/jsmoothrap J-SMOOTH

    FUCK GURU, That Nigga had all that hate in his heart for the SOUTH and it gave him a heart attacc. I don't wish death on him but FUCK GURU and that Bitch SOLAR

  • slab

    my prayers to Guru and the family

  • carl

    Guru of gangstar is on of hiphop's illest rappers. He and Primo are well known for their work but I think they have been underrated for a while. They hae been underated by these wack known verbal,nonspitting jokes they call mcees and rap groups! I hope he will be well and have a miraculous recovery and come back because like me alot of fans are tired of these busters unworthy of grabbing mike and using 808's like GURU AND PRIMIER! MUCH LOVE

  • carl

    I hope GURU THE LEGEND HAS A RECOVERY UNEXPLAINED TO MANKIND. LEGENDS IN THE GAME FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 SOLWISE

  • carl

    i HOPE THIS LEGEND WILL BE FINE AND HAVE A GREAT RECOVERY! PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS LEGENDS THAT DESERVE MORE CREDIT!!!!!!!!!!!!1 SOLWISE

  • @skullgizzy

    He a cool dude Lets Put are prayers And power into reviving 1 of hip hops finest ..... get well soon My Homie GURU!

  • jruckucs

    he is one of the best to do it and i wish the best for him and his fam this is a sad day for hip hop

  • http://ballerstatus.com David Casilli

    Grew up with artists like him when hip hop wasn't corny. god bless Guru-get well!

  • Mawai lui

    Guru you are my Brother.Im Praying for you,May Almighty God Heal you from the crown of your head to the soul of your feet.I speak Healings to you ,in the name of Jesus.AMEN.