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Guru In Coma After Heart Attack

Keith "Guru" Elam, a former member of the rap duo Gang Starr, is in a coma at a New York-area hospital after suffering cardiac arrest on Sunday. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday. Much is uncertain, but HipHopDX reports that his condition is critical.


DJ Premier, the rapper's former partner in Gang Starr, made a call to satellite radio show Hip How Nation to confirm the news, originally broken by Guru's sister, Tricia. 


Guru is considered one of the preeminent MCs of his era. He released six albums with Premier as Gang Starr, as well as seven as a solo artist, including the Jazzmatazz series. His songs served as a foundation for the jazz-rap subgenre.


Nah Right has compiled a list of Twitter reactions from the likes of Jean Grae, Big Pooh and ?uestlove.



Our hearts go out to him and his family.


[via Hip-Hop Wired, HipHopDX]

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Ugh. Only 43 years old according to Wikipedia. Please get better Guru.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

hope things work out for this guy. he's a legend.

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Prayers go out to Guru and family. I grew up on Gang Starr


Respect and prayers to Guru.


Terrible news. Hope he recovers quickly.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/brandon/216_browser_clut.gif brandon

damn guru. wtf.


Praying for ya, Guru.


hit me with a ton of bricks, Keith "GURU" Elam, was and still is a huge influence on me, musically. Met him once, a truely genuine dude, whatever religion preference, i hope he pulls through this and continues on along side the rest of us. -c


damn.. definetly my prayers go to guru. Get Better!


All the best to the man who originally brought us Jazzmatazz

Sky Minor

Guru's contribution to the Hip hop culture is heavy... I remember Gangstarr's first album "step in the arena" 20 years ago. All the stuff done by him since then has been an inspiration for a whole generation... I really hope he makes it.


Keep suporting Guru and lets hope he gets better soon!!


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