Legendary Rapper Guru Dead at 43

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Legendary rapper Guru has died after a battle with cancer. He was just 43.

Born in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, Keith Elam was a member of the duo Gang Starr, and is considered one of the pioneers of hip hop-jazz crossover.

His stage name, Guru, is actually an acronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal and/or the less often used God is Universal; he is the Ruler Universal.

According to reports, Guru passed away yesterday, having suffered from the grave, malicious illness for over a year and after numerous special treatments.

R.I.P. Guru (1966-2010).

Guru always tried to keep his harrowing cancer diagnosis in private but in early 2010 he had to admit himself to hospital due to serious effects caused by it.

While in hospital with terminal cancer, Guru wrote a letter, which was provided by Solar, to his fans addressing his illness, career, family and loved ones.

You can read that here.

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Guru and Premier. Brought hip-hop to where it is now. Where did real hip-hop go? Man Guru, I gonna miss you Dog. Thank you for everything you did for hip-hop and I sincerley thank you for all your insperation. Dj.Drew Live

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@ Dj.Drew Live

R.I.P guru ul always live u r a legend..

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guru is one of the greatest lyricist that ever lived.rip brother neo

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GURU YOU ARE AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OF THE GREATEST, GURU YOU HAVE INSPIRED AND YOU WILL INSPIRE SO MANY OF US WITHIN THE HIP-HOP COMMUNITY AND OUTSIDE THE MOVEMENT WITH YOUR LYRICS AND YOUR RHYMES. GOD BLESS YOU GURU, WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU
RIP GURU, DESKANSA EN PAZ GURU
FROM A SPANISH BROVHA-SOLICOPA

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R.I.P. Master of mic, real mc, my favorite......GURU

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Rest in peace Guru , a true emcee , a true hip hop legend from dj dukrok

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@ John Burns UMOJA research. Your comments are disgusting. Pseudo-science helps nobody & frankly is a waste of time. What you said is unhelpful at best, imagine what Guru's family would think... This kind of badly researched, misinformed conspiracy BS only serves to slow down the march of medical science, which if you care to look at the history, has eradicated a huge number of diseases et al through the use of proper scientific research and programmes of vaccination and education. People like yourself; bent on bringing down the 'evil government' can only stand in the way of this and I feel sorry for the people who listen to you.
Respect to Guru, Hip-Hop has lost a true pioneer, my condolences go out to his family and friends.
Peace

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To the hip-hop nation, I feel your pain. I will not pretend to be a hip-hop fan, but I can appreciate the work that goes into it. I am a jazz fan though. Therefore I can really value what "Red" tried and accomplished. I spoke to his father this morning, and my prayers are with his family. Hip-hop lost an icon, and I lost my best college friend and roommate(Morehouse College '83). Rest my brother, and I'll see you in the great beyond.

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RIP GURU..

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Gone but not forgotten. Rest in Peace my brother! GURU - a true legend

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....GURU R.I.P.