Guru, the Boston-born MC, real name Keith Elam, was hospitalized in January 2010 after he suffered a heart attack and had been in a coma. On February 28, 2010, Guru went into cardiac arrest and, following surgery, fell into a coma.It was claimed that Guru had briefly awakened from his coma but died on April 19, 2010, at the age of 48, from cancer.

Guru rose to fame in the 80s as one half of Gang Starr, the conscious rap group he founded with Grammy award-winning producer DJ Premier. Gang Starr was also credited with the birth of the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre. About.com placed him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time, while The Source ranked him #30 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time, saying “Guru dropped some of the most thoughtful rhymes on wax.”

A statement issued by his friend and producer Solar said: “Guru has passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer.”

“Guru suffered from the malicious illness for over a year and after numerous special treatments under the supervision of medical specialists failed, the legendary MC succumbed to the disease.”

Cancer is among the most common causes of death in adult males in the U.S.

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