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Iconic US Rapper Coolio Dies At 59

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September 29, (THEWILL) – US rapper, Artis Leon Ivey Jr, otherwise known as Coolio, known for the iconic hit Gangsta’s Paradise, has died at the age of 59.

His longtime manager, Jarez Posey, told US media that the artist was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles.

Coolio started making music in the 1980s, but he cemented his place in hip hop history when he recorded Gangsta’s Paradise in 1995.

The exact cause of his death on Wednesday, has not yet been revealed.

However, Posey said paramedics believed he may have had a cardiac arrest.

Coolio won a Grammy for Gangsta’s Paradise, which was part of the soundtrack for the movie Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

The haunting track continues to be widely listened to and has just passed a billion streams on Spotify, according to his official website.

Over a career spanning four decades, he recorded eight studio albums and won an American Music Award and three MTV Video Music Awards.

His other hits included Fantastic Voyage, Rollin’ With My Homies, 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New), and Too Hot.

He was active right up until his death. Coolio was in the middle of a tour with other 90s stars including Vanilla Ice and Young MC, and they performed in Texas just a few days ago.