According to his buddy and manager Jarez Posey, Coolio, whose actual name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., a rapper from the 1990s who had successes including “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” has passed away. He was 59.
Posey said that Coolio passed away on Wednesday afternoon as he discovered unconscious in a friend’s restroom. The events’ specifics weren’t immediately known.
According to TMZ, police is investigating the death but as of now there is no indication of any wrongdoings.
In 1995, Coolio recorded Gangsta’s Paradise for the soundtrack of the movie Dangerous Minds, which catapulted him to international recognition.
Coolio’s managers Statement
Jarez, Coolio’s manager, claims that after going to his friend’s house to use the restroom, Coolio left without returning. After hearing him repeatedly call, the friend entered and discovered that he is lying on the floor.
Jarez informs us that the paramedics believe Coolio experienced cardiac arrest. It is reported that the friend called EMTs, who responded and declared Coolio dead at the scene. There has been no official determination on the cause of death.
According to his longtime manager Jarez Posey, the rapper passed away at a friend’s home.
According to his website, Coolio sold more than 17 million records throughout his career. In recent years, Coolio enjoyed the perks of being a nostalgic figure. In 2008, he also had a programme called “Coolio’s Rules” air on Oxygen.
At the Grammys Awards in the following year, the rapper received recognition for the song as the best rap solo performance.
For his work on the theme song for the well-liked Nickelodeon TV show “Kenan and Kel” and his contribution to the album “Dexter’s Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment,” which included songs by various hip-hop artists that were inspired by the Cartoon Network animated series, Coolio has also earned a special place in the hearts of some Millennials.
Coolio made a television appearance on shows like “Celebrity Cook Off” and “Celebrity Chopped.”
The song, which used a tune from Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song Pastime Paradise, sold millions of copies worldwide, peaked at the top of the charts in 16 different nations, and was ranked as Billboard’s No. 1 single for 1995.
He was born in the South of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, in Monessen. After that, Coolio relocated to California and enrolled in a community college. Before dedicating himself fully to hip-hop culture, he also worked as a volunteer firefighter and in airport security.
People Paid Tribute to Coolio
Soon after his passing, tributes came in from all sides. People flocked to Twitter to offer their last respects. Check out a few of the tributes below:
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