Rapper Coolio, best known for his hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” dies at age 59

Coolio, the rapper best known for his 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died, his manager confirmed to CBS News. He was 59.

Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died Wednesday in Los Angeles, his manager said. A cause of death was not immediately released.

The Los Angeles-based rapper was best known for his Grammy Award-winning single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which was featured on the soundtrack to 1995’s “Dangerous Minds” starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The song is considered to be one of the most successful rap songs of all time after it spent 3 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1996, he recorded the opening “Aw, Here It Goes!” for the Nickelodeon TV series “Kenan & Kel” starring Kenan Thompson.

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