Coolioknown for his 90s hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” from the film Dangerous minds, died on September 28 in Los Angeles. He was 59.
TMZ was the first to report the news of the rapper’s passing. Coolio’s manager Jarez Posey confirmed Coolio’s death to NBC News, stating, “As far as I know now, he was at a friend’s house and was in his bathroom.” Jarez said Coolio died of a suspected heart attack, but no official cause of death has been confirmed.
Per TMZ, when Coolio didn’t respond to his name being called, his friend went into the bathroom and found him unresponsive on the floor. The friend then called paramedics, who pronounced Coolio dead on arrival at the scene.
Coolio, whose real name is Artist Leon Ivey Jr., was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania and achieved success in the 90s rap scene. He received a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Gangsta’s Paradise” at the 1996 ceremony.
He is survived by his children.
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