The former Gang Starr man, 43, died after losing his battle with cancer.
In the statement, the Elam family wrote: “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 19, 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.”
There was no reference to the letter Guru supposedly wrote shortly before he died that relates to his former Gang Starr partner DJ Premier.