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Amid controversy surrounding the authenticity of a final letter from the late Keith “Guru” Elam, the family of the Hip-Hop veteran has decided to release a statement.

Guru’s sister Patricia Elam has released a statement that she wants circulated to his dedicated fans detailing his final days before succumbing to his illness.

Although formal and precise, the letter does seem to question the authenticity of the rapper’s last words as reported by Solar.

It reads,

“The Elam family wishes to thank the fans of our son/brother/father uncle/nephew/cousin Keith aka GURU for the outpouring of love, concern and support.

Our hearts are broken by the loss of someone we loved so much. GURU was devoted to his young son, who will most keenly feel his absence.

GURU suffered from multiple myeloma for over a year.  Accrued complications from this illness led to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.  As a result, GURU was in a coma from mid February until his death and never regained consciousness.  Early on the morning of April 19th, he became hypertensive due to low blood pressure. He again went into cardiac arrest and slipped away from us.

GURU died far too young but he was, and we are, proud of all his many legendary musical contributions.

The family is not aware of any foundations established by GURU.  We know and understand that countless fans want to express their condolences and love and, to that end, we are planning a memorial event in the near future that will be all-inclusive. Please look for further details from the family as they become available.

from The Elam Family”

Notice that she mentions that Guru remained in a coma from “mid February until his death and never regained consciousness.”

So when did he write that letter?