Late MC GURU's close friend SOLAR has hit back at the rapper's family over their doubts about a charity mentioned in his farewell letter.
The hip-hop legend, who had been in a coma since February (10), died in a New York medical facility after losing his cancer battle on Monday (19Apr10).
The Gang Starr rapper's pal and business partner Solar then released a note, believed to have been written by Guru on his deathbed, which outlined his final wishes and mentioned a foundation he hoped his fans would send donations to.
He wrote, "I have a nonprofit organisation called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life."
The family of Guru, real name Keith Elam, questioned the existence of the foundation in a statement released after his death, admitting they had never heard of it.
But Solar maintains the charity is legitimate - and insists there are many things his late friend didn't tell his family about.
He tells MTV.com, "That's an organisation started by Guru, myself and my people. Hopefully it'll grow to be a huge worldwide charitable organisation.
"There (are) a lot of things that Guru has done in his business and life that they don't know. He doesn't report to them. He never reported to them. Guru's a full-grown man. He didn't report to them everything he did. They're not his business mangers, and they didn't have that type of relationship."
Solar first butted heads with Guru's relatives when his nephew Justin posted a video on YouTube.com earlier this year (10), blaming Solar for keeping them from their loved one.
But Solar claims he once had a friendly relationship with Guru's family.
He adds, "The funny thing is, it hasn't been all this tension. It got weird in the end. Up until the end, it didn't exist, quite honestly. I talked to his father every Father's Day; he came to this concert tribute in Boston. I visited his mother and father; they visited us. The tension really became evident in February. It became the public thing it is when Justin put the video out. It's just an untrue video, and it opened the door for a lot of other things. Up until that point, there was no tension between myself and the family at all."