The genius behind ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, Coolio died on September 28, TMZ reports. He was 59 years old.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, they have opened an investigation into the rapper’s death but noted that at the time of this writing, there appears to be no foul play involved in his death.
The final decision, however, will come from the coroner after performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death, a source added.
Coolio, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was visiting a friend in Los Angeles when he excused himself to use the bathroom. When the friend went to check on him after spending some time in the bathroom, he found Coolio slumped on the floor, unresponsive.
Paramedics responded shortly after but pronounced the rapper dead at the scene. His manager, Jarel Posey confirmed the newadding that the time of death was around 5 p.m. Pacific time.
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Coolio had many talents, including rap production and acting. He entered the rap scene in 1987 with his debut single “Whatcha Gonna Do?”
After signing a recording contract with Tommy Boy Records in 1994, he released his first studio album, “It Takes a Thief”, which gained mainstream traction. “Fantastic Voyage”, a song from the album reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, with “It Takes a Thief” reaching number eight on the Billboard Hot 200.
His success came in 1995 after the release of the hit song “Gangsta’s Paradise”. It was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards, and won the latter.
It also received two awards from the MTV Video Music Awards, namely Best Rap Video.
“Gangsta’s Paradise” was hugely successful, topping the charts and selling over two million copies in the United States alone.
Apart from his success in music, Coolio also enjoyed acting and appeared in many shows and movies.
“Martin,” released in 1995, marked his first big-screen appearance, followed by several shows in 1996 like “Dangerous Minds” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
His most recent TV appearances include “Gravity Falls,” a Disney Channel animated show where he voiced the character Wax Coolio, in 2012; “American Hustle Life,” a reality show, and “Black Jesus” in 2014. He played Mr. Wence in “Teachers” in 2017; and his last acting gig was in 2021, when he appeared in “Let’s Be Real.”
He juggled it while making music. Coolio managed to release eight studio albums, including “My Soul” in 1997, “Coolio.com” in 2001, and “El Cool Magnifico” in 2002.
He attempted to rekindle the “Gangsta Paradise” hype by releasing “The Return of the Gangsta” in 2006; “Steal Hear” in 2008 and “From the Bottom 2 The Top” in 2009.
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