Six times he was nominated for a Grammy award, and he sold 4.8 million albums and had 978 million on-demand streams.
The 59-year-old death of Coolio, a 1990s hip hop superstar whose successes included Gangsta’s Paradise and Fantastic Voyage, is reported.
Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., the artist passed away at the house of a friend in Los Angeles, according to longtime manager Jarez Posey on Wednesday. The reason of death was first unknown.
Gangsta’s Paradise, the 1995 hit from the soundtrack of the film Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, sampled Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song Pastime Paradise, and was played continually on MTV, earned Coolio a Grammy for best solo rap performance.
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Our prayers are with Coolio’s family and friends. According to TMZ, he died at 59 years of age. According to reports, he was visiting a buddy late Wednesday afternoon when he died. According to Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, the rapper went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, and his friend went seeking for him after discovering he had been absent for some time.
His companion discovered Coolio laying on the floor and immediately dialed 911. Unfortunately, upon arrival, Coolio was pronounced deceased at the spot. According to Jarez, paramedics believe Coolio experienced a heart arrest. No official cause of death has been determined.
The rapper gained popularity in the 1990s with his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” from the “Dangerous Minds” album. RIP Coolio.