Hip-hop Legend And Owner Of Classic 'Gangsta's Paradise', Rapper Coolio Dies At 59

Luis Suela

Away From The Spotlight A Few Years Ago, Coolio Passed Away In Los Angeles

 According to TMZ, hip-hop icon Coolio passed away on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The rapper who enjoyed enormous success in the 1990s went suddenly this afternoon while visiting a buddy. According to Coolio's longtime manager Jarez, the musician went to his buddy's house to use the restroom, but when he didn't return after some time, the friend began calling his name and ultimately entered the room where he saw Coolio sleeping on the bed.

According to reports, the companion dialled 911, and paramedics showed up and declared Coolio dead at the site. Jarez informed TMZ that paramedics believe Coolio experienced a cardiac arrest. There is no known official cause of death.

Coolio, whose full name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., first appeared on the Los Angeles rap scene in the late 1980s, but his career truly took off when he recorded "Gangsta's Paradise" for the "Dangerous Minds" album in 1995.

The song spent three weeks at the top of the charts. While "Paradise" became his most well-known song, Coolio also had a number of other hits, such as "1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)," "It's All the Way Live (Now)," and 1994's "Fantastic Voyage," which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the rapper, who was up against Tupac for the Grammy, provided the voice for the "Kenan and Kel" series' opener. 

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