Guru, a rapper from the pioneering hip-hop group Gang Starr, is in a coma after suffering a heart attack over the weekend; DJ Premier, the other half of Gang Starr, first confirmed the news on his Sirius Satellte Radio Show Sunday.
The 43 year-old, whose real name is Keith Elam, will reportedly undergo surgery Monday in a New York City hospital.
Hip-hop producer Solar, who works with the rapper, tells UsMagazine.com: "Guru is struggling with a serious health issue. We appreciate all your love and well wishes. we continue to hold out hope that Guru will make a full recovery from this, and ask that his privacy on this matter be respected. Again Thank you for all your support through this trying time."
Guru -- whose last solo album Guru 8.0 was released last May -- was named #45 in a "Top 50 MCs of Our Time" list at about.com.