In a week that has been filled with many “Rest In Peace” tributes to GURU, after the iconic emcee’s passing, his family has decided to release a statement. The statement comes after a letter was issued by GURU earlier this week, one that has been dubbed “GURU’s Last Words.”

The Elam family’s letter thanks GURU’s fans and adds that they are heart broken by all that has taken place. It also goes into detail about GURU’s health issues.

In the letter issued as GURU’s Last Words, there is a mention of Each One Counts, a new foundation created before his death. The statement from the family differs from GURU’s in that they say they have no knowledge of any foundations established by GURU.

The family’s full statement can be read below:

“The Elam family wishes to thank the fans of our son/brother/father uncle/nephew/cousin Keith aka GURU for the outpouring of love, concern and support.

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.

GURU suffered from multiple myeloma for over a year.  Accrued complications from this illness led to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.  As a result, GURU was in a coma from mid February until his death and never regained consciousness.  Early on the morning of April 19th, he became hypertensive due to low blood pressure. He again went into cardiac arrest and slipped away from us.

GURU died far too young but he was, and we are, proud of all his many legendary musical contributions.

The family is not aware of any foundations established by GURU.  We know and understand that countless fans want to express their condolences and love and, to that end, we are planning a memorial event in the near future that will be all-inclusive. Please look for further details from the family as they become available.

from The Elam Family”