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Gang Starr Rapper in Coma After Heart Attack

3/1/2010 9:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Gang Starr front man Guru is in a coma after suffering a heart attack yesterday.

The 43-year-old rapper -- real name Keith Elam -- is reportedly receiving treatment at a New York hospital ... where he is expected to undergo surgery later today.

According to his music partner -- DJ Premier -- the rapper is "fighting for his life." He is joined in the hospital by his sister Tricia, who said, "The family is handling it as best they can."

Gang Starr is known for 90s hits like "Code of the Streets" and "Mass Appeal."

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Lola    

tmz you need to investigate the story behind Guru's coma and what Guru's Nephew Justin Elam-Ruff is trying to achieve with his youtube videos after being denied entry to visit him and updates about his uncle Guru's status..the story is getting fishier by the day.. You guys find out things no one else Can. I came on here hoping you knew more...

1626 days ago
17.

Ellis    

It's over Goodnite Guru....You Were Great...Wow.. I felt you...

1583 days ago
18.

amo    

TMZ is ****in wack they have low life like **** lohan and bull**** celebritys that I wouldn't care if they died today but nothing on GURU'S DEATH no tributes no breaking news. He was the most inflencial artist of all time but no you have breaking news on bull**** rappers and bull**** celebritys.....

1567 days ago
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Eddy    

TMZ, please investigate the activities of a producer named Solar. Word on the web is that he took advantaged of Guru such as taking royalties from his records and keeping his family away from visiting Guru in the hospital. There are also rumors that he physically and mentally abused Guru, and that he also pushed Guru to tour in Europe against doctor's orders. You may also want to look into the story of Solar's twitter, myspace, and his e-mail being hacked and that his private letters were leaked. This story was confirmed by Vibe magazine (they even interviewed the hacker himself apparently.) These reports were released two weeks ago but no news network has picked this up yet. Hopefully you guys can. look into this more and speak to Guru's nephew Justin-Nicholas Elam Ruff, who has uploaded public statements of himself on YouTube accusing Solar of refusing to allow Guru's family to visit him while he was in a coma and other shady activities. I came here hopeful that you were following the aftermath of Guru's death. Hopefully TMZ can find more and bring this story into national attention.

1548 days ago
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lederrick t coleman    

hey what up gang starr how are feeling big homiez my heart gos outta two your family man i hopour u get will gang starr im a big fan of you i fowlled your carrer throw might year listing two all your song u was tha true pinerr of rap music and the top player of tha rap game u happnes two millions around the world i mean u are one true brother that have one storng mine u knw how two bring a party two life with your style and so much talen that bring a lot of people screm gang starr u tha homie

1408 days ago
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