Gang Starr’s Guru in Stable Condition After Surgery
Several sources have confirmed that Gang Starr MC Guru is now in stable condition after he suffered a heart attack over weekend. The Brooklyn rapper remained hospitalized in a coma after suddenly suffering from cardiac arrest. When the news broke, Gang Starr's second half, DJ Premier, announced that Guru would have to undergo emergency surgery on Monday (Mar. 1). Premier took to his Twitter account on Tuesday (Mar. 2) to announce that the surgery had been successful and that Guru was in stable condition.
"Good news," he wrote. "Guru surgery was successful, keep sending him love." He followed up five hours later, with a second post, writing "Guru still in a med induced coma, he's breathing with machine help."
Guru's former publicist Jackie Osare, also issued a statement confirming that the MC was in much better shape than he was on Sunday night (Feb. 28). "Keep Guru in your prayers and encourage everyone to think positively so that our collective energy will help him through," he said. "Let's continue to celebrate our legends while they're here."
Several rappers have sent their good wishes to Guru for a speedy recovery. French rapper MC Solaar, who has collaborated with Guru in the past, issued a statement sending his love, as Guru headed into surgery. "Guru is struggling with a serious health issue. We, the whole 7 Grand Records family, appreciate all your love and well wishes. We continue to hold out hope that Guru will make a full recovery from this," he said. "We ask that his privacy on this matter will be respected. Again, thank you for all your support through this trying time."
Guru -- born Keith Elam-- formed the pioneering hip-hop group Gang Starr in the mid-80s, teaming with Premier in the late '80s. The Brooklyn based duo's debut album was 1989's 'No More Mr. Nice Guy,' and they went on to release several successful albums. Guru's solo work includes four volumes of the Jazzmatazz series and he later launched both Ill Kid Records and 7 Grand record labels.