By Whitney Pastorek
Updated December 20, 2019 at 02:09 AM EST

DJ Premier, the partner of Guru (born Keith Elam) in Gang Starr, has released the following statement on his passing yesterday at age 48.

“It was a sad day for me to get confirmation on the death of a man who I will continue to call my brother, Keith Elam, better known as Guru of the legendary Gang Starr.

“Fron 1988-2004, we experienced so much success together that we were able to expand our businesses independently and give each other what Guru called ‘creative space,’ before planning to reunite for our 7th EP when the time was right. Tragically, we will never reach that day.

“I’ve been asked to comments on a letter speaking ill of me which was supposedly written by Guru in his dying days. All I will say about it is that our time together was beautiful, we built a hip hop legacy together, and no one can re-write history or take away my live for him. One thing I would never do is play around with the truth abouthis life.

“I will celebrate Guru’s life… I will honor his memory… I will grieve with the Elam family over his untimely death… I will remember the Gang Starr Foundation and all of the original members of Gang Starr who came before me — we all know each other…. Mostly, I will cherish everything we created together as Gang Starr, forever I’m gonna miss hearing his signature monotone voice when he walks in the room, but the songs will always bring it back to me….His rhyme flows were insane, and I will never remove him from my heart and soul…….Rest in peace to the man who felt ‘satisfaction from the street crowd reaction’ … I love you Goo…….DJ Premier”

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