Hip-hop producer SOLAR has blasted rumours he was secret lovers with late rap icon Guru, insisting the best pals have always been "straight" men.
Guru, one half of pioneering rap duo Gang Starr, was admitted to a New York hospital in February (10) after suffering a heart attack and slipping into a coma. He was diagnosed with anoxia, a condition where the body lacks an adequate supply of oxygen.
He passed away on Monday (19Apr10) and it was only then that it was revealed he had also been fighting a private battle with cancer.
Solar became the tragic star's official spokesman following his hospitalisation but came under fire from friends and relatives of Guru, real name Keith Elam, who claimed the producer had banned them from visiting him - allegations he denies.
Rumours have since spread about the depth of their relationship - but Solar is adamant any suggestions they were romantically involved are unfounded.
He tells MTV News, "I don't want to say anything against anybody living a certain type of lifestyle - everybody is free to live their life how they choose to live it - but that (being gay)'s not my lifestyle or Guru's lifestyle. We're straight men. He dealt with women and family. I dealt with women and family. There's never been any blurring of the lines whatsoever."