Keith Edward Elam, aka 'Guru' Dies

The family of late Gang Starr founder Guru (born Keith Elam) released a statement on Wednesday morning in reaction to the legendary rapper's death from cancer-related causes on Monday at the age of 43.

"The Elam family wishes to thank the fans of our son/brother/father uncle/nephew/cousin Keith, a.k.a. Guru, for the outpouring of love, concern and support," the statement reads. "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."

According to the family, the MC had suffered from the aggressive cancer multiple myeloma for over a year and mounting complications from that illness led him to suffer respiratory failure and cardiac arrest last month.

Pioneering New York rapper Guru has died - and controversy is brewing over a letter he supposedly wrote on his deathbed.

The 43-year-old Gang Starr founder, whose real name is Keith Elam, died after a long battle with cancer, his collaborator Solar said.

Guru's death came almost two months after he suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized in New York. He reportedly fell into a coma after surgery.

Legendary Gangstarr artist Guru has succumbed to cancer after a lengthy bout with the disease.

The artist, born Keith Elam, died on Monday April 19. He was 43 years old.

Solar, Guru's partner, expressed sadness over the loss.

"The world has lost one of the best MCs and Hip-Hop icons of all-time -- my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru," Solar said in a statement. "Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius.