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Hiphop legend Guru dies from cancer at age 43

New York City- According to a statement issued by Guru’s friend and longtime partner Solar, and posted on DJ Premier‘s site, Guru died Monday morning following a yearlong struggle with cancer. Last month, the disease triggered cardiac arrest, which left the hip-hop hero in a coma.

“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. “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.”

Also..check out the tribute mix that Mister Cee from H0t 97 threw down:

Mister Cee Hot 97 FM NYC Tribute To Guru:

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On a personal note, I knew and worked with Guru over the years while I was living in NYC working in the recording studios as an Engineer. I considered him a friend and an inspiration- it’s not every day that you end up working with people that you grew up listening to and I considered myself blessed to be able to see inside the creative process of a legend. Keith- you will be missed man, thank you for what you gave us…R.I.P.