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Mar. 3 2010 - 4:10 pm | 1,996 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Video: Guru’s nephew on the ‘true story’ behind rapper’s hospitalization and coma

In a video message about his uncle’s health, Justin Nicholas-Elam Ruff, the nephew of Guru, the Gangstarr rapper who recently suffered cardiac arrest and slipped into a coma on February 28, reveals what he calls the ‘true story’ behind the hospitalization. At the center of this situation is Solar, Guru’s producer and musical collaborator for the last six years, who Ruff claims is (for some reason) in control of Guru’s health decisions and is refusing to update his family about the rapper’s condition.

“Since the information [about Guru's cardiac arrest and coma] leaked, Solar has completely cut us off,” says Ruff in the video. “Solar has complete control over the flow of information given from the hospital and will not disclose any information with us.”

In order for the family to receive updates on Guru, and be permitted to visit him, they would need to hire a lawyer and take Solar to court, Ruff says, a process that would take weeks to sort out. On Tuesday, Ruff explains that he was stressed out not knowing the condition of his uncle, so he sent a text to Solar, asking for an update on Guru’s condition. When he received a text back from Solar, it read: “Trish (Ruff’s mother) started this!!! And Guru would never have told her he was in the hospital. This is horrible what she did!! Now I need to care for Guru. Peace.” Ruff then asked again for information, stating he was not his mother and that he was just worried about his uncle. Solar never responded. But soon after, Ruff saw the following update on Solar’s Twitter page:

Solar Will Be Providing The Only Accurate Info On Guru And Will Be Doing Interviews Soon. Solar & Guru And Appreciate All The Love And Support (via Solar on Twitter)

Ruff says he was shocked when he read this and that Solar needs to do the right thing. He then briefly mentions that Solar is known for manipulative behavior in his relationship with Guru. In concluding his message, he states that “time is of the essence” in this situation and that Guru’s family needs to be involved with decisions regarding his health. He ends his video message by saying: “This was written in reaction to feeling powerless in a dire situation.”


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