Guru's Family Heard Of His Death Through The Press
Relatives of late hip-hop star GURU are fuming after they learned of the rapper's death through the press - a day after his passing.
The music legend, real name Keith Elam, lost his cancer battle on 19 April (10) in a New York medical facility. He had been in a coma since February (10).
But Guru's sister Patricia is upset the star's business partner and collaborator Solar failed to notify his relatives, including the rapper's son KC, who heard the tragic news on the radio.
She tells MTV News, "(My son) Justin found out on the internet and called me. I had to call my dad. (Guru's nine-year-old son) KC found out riding in the car, hearing it on the radio. That's not right if you care about someone. That's not how you treat them.
"My brother would never have wanted us to find out that way. Never in a million years. Especially his son."
Patricia is also angry with the hospital authorities who released Guru's body to Solar, insisting her beloved sibling should have been returned to his family.
She adds, "The hospital released the body in (Solar's) care. I don't know how it was determined what funeral home it would go to. My son Justin was looking online and saw something that the body was going to be cremated. My father was calling the hospital looking for the body and they were like, 'We released it to the health-care proxy.'
"Luckily my other brother happened to be in New York on something unrelated and he started calling funeral homes in the area, if you can imagine. Fortunately the third one he called was the right one. He said, 'Listen, I'm the brother of Keith Elam, do not release that body to anyone but me.' Thankfully he was able to get there in time."
Guru's body has since been cremated and his family is planning a private memorial service.