Rapper Guru overleden aan kanker

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Maandagochtend is rapper Guru op 43-jarige leeftijd overleden aan de gevolgen van kanker. Na een strijd van een jaar gaf zijn lichaam het op. De frontman van rapgroep Gangstarr kwam na een hartaanval op 1 maart van dit jaar in coma en ontwaakte enkele dagen later weer.

Guru hield een jaar lang verborgen dat hij kanker had. In maart belandde hij in een coma na een hartaanval. Dit werd toen gekoppeld aan een 'mysterieuze' ziekte waarbij de speciale behandeling niet aansloegen. Nu pas blijkt dat hij al die tijd kanker had. Onderaan dit artikel vind je een brief die Guru heeft geschreven terwijl hij in het ziekenhuis lag. De brief is gericht aan zijn fans en vrienden.

Guru's zakenpartner Solar rouwt om zijn vriend en vertelt dat Guru zijn ziekte geheim wilde houden. "Guru was al een jaar aan het strijden tegen kanker en heeft de strijd verloren. Hij wilde dit voor zichzelf houden, totdat hij het overwonnen had. Helaas is dit hem niet gelukt."


Guru, wiens echte naam Keith Elam is, werd in de jaren '80 bekend als frontman van het hiphop duo Gangstarr. Samen met DJ Premier brachten ze klassiekers Words I Manifest, Code of the Streets en You Know My Steez uit. De groep ging na zes albums uit elkaar in 2003. Guru ging solo en richtte platenmaatschappij 7 Grand Records op met zakenpartner en producer Solar. Momenteel staat hij met o.a. You Know My Steez in de stemlijst voor de Hip Hop Top 100.

Guru heeft onderstaande brief in het ziekenhuis geschreven aan zijn fans en vrienden.

I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options. I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody's feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low.

Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this

I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.

Gangstarr - You Know My Steez

Gangstarr - Words I Manifest

Gangstarr - Codes of the Streets

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