Popular American Rapper, record producer, and actor Coolio (Artis Leon Ivey Jr) pass on at age 59 in Los Angeles, California. U.S.A.
Coolio shot to fame after releasing global hits such as “GangSta’s Paradise” and “C U When You Get There”. The rapper achieved huge success in the 90s and was said to have died on Wednesday 28 September in Los Angeles while visiting a friend.
Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, revealed that he was found dead in the bathroom, lying on the floor. According to Jarez, Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come after a while, the friend kept calling for him but there was no response. And eventually, he went in and found him dead on the floor.
The friend called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead. According to Jarez, paramedics suspect he suffered cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been confirmed.
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Coolio came up on the Los Angeles rap scene in the late 80s and blew up globally in 1995 when he released “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film, “Dangerous Minds.”. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for three weeks.
Paradise became his signature hit, including 1994’s “Fantastic Voyage”, which hit #3 on Billboard’s 100, as well as “1,2,3,4 (Sumotin’ New)” and “It’s All the Way Live (Now)”
GangSta’s Paradise was his most successful rap song in the 90s and topped on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. It was also the No.1 single of 1995 in the United States for all genres.
“GangSta’s Paradise” opened the way for Coolio’s search for stardom. It was not meant to be included on one of Coolio’s studio albums, but its success led to Coolio not only putting it on his next album but also making it the title track.