Guru of the legendary Gang Starr will finally be commemorated by fans after losing his battle with cancer April 19th.
The family of Guru, real name Keith Elam, is confirming that those wishing to pay their last respects will have a chance to do so July 17, what would have been the emcee’s 49th birthday.
The news is spread on behalf of his sister Patricia Elam who previously released a statement to fans sharing intimate details on his final days before his passing.
The Elam family is also once again discrediting claims from Guru’s comrade Solar who released an infamous final letter on behalf of the emcee.
According to Patricia, they were not informed of his passing and had to hear about it on the news.
She tells MTV,
“[My son] Justin found out on the Internet and called me. I had to call my dad. [Keith’s 9-year-old son] KC found out riding in the car, hearing it on the radio. That’s not right if you care about someone. That’s not how you treat them. My brother would never have wanted us to find out that way. Never in a million years. Especially his son. Come on, now.”
She also adds that Solar was attempting to have Guru’s body cremated without their permission. She tells MTV,
“The hospital released the body in [Solar’s] care. I don’t know how it was determined what funeral home it would go to. My son Justin was looking online and saw something that the body was going to be cremated. My father was calling the hospital looking for the body and they were like, ‘We released it to the health-care proxy.’ Luckily my other brother happened to be in New York on something unrelated and he started calling funeral homes in the area, if you can imagine. Fortunately the third one he called was the right one. He said, ‘Listen, I’m the brother of Keith Elam, do not release that body to anyone but me.’ Thankfully he was able to get there in time.”
Patricia says the family decided to cremate Guru’s body, one of his final wishes and will hold a private service for themselves.
In related news, a new website has come to light collecting information on Keith “Guru” Elam’s passing and further discrediting “Super Producer” Solar’s name.
The website called FawkSolar.com says they hope to “get the truth out” about Solar for the benefit of Hip-Hop’s fallen soldier.