Rapper Coolio Dead at 59

Coolio, best known for his 1995 Grammy-Award winning single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died, his manager confirms to PEOPLE. He was 59.


The rapper’s cause of death has not been publicly shared.


His longtime manager, Jarez Posey, tells PEOPLE that Coolio — born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. — died Wednesday in Los Angeles.


According to TMZ, who was first to report the news, Posey said the late musician went to the bathroom at a friend’s house. When he didn’t come out, the friend called his name but he didn’t answer. They then found Coolio on the floor.


The friend called for help, according to the outlet, and once responders arrived, Coolio was pronounced dead.




Questlove was one of the first celebrities to react to the news on social media.


Sharing a photo of the late rapper, he wrote, “Peaceful Journey Brother. #Coolio.”





In addition to eight studio albums, he also appeared in a reality show, Coolio’s Ruleson Oxygen in 2008.

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