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Coolio dead at 59: Gangsta's Paradise rapper passes away
Rapper Coolio has passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59. The musician was visiting a friend on Wednesday afternoon when he was found dead according to TMZ. The star's manager, Jarez, shared that Coolio was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor, with the paramedics - who were called to the scene around around 4 PM - suspecting he suffered a cardiac arrest. © Provided by Daily Mail Gone too soon: Rapper Coolio has passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59; Pictured 2016 The publication reported that the EMTs pronounced Coolio dead on the scene. An official cause of death has not been determined.
Iconic rap artist Coolio, best known for his hit "Gangsta's Paradise," has died suddenly at age 59. His manager, Jarez, toldthat the rapper passed away while visiting a friend in L.A. on September 28. The friend found Coolio unconscious in the bathroom and called paramedics, who pronounced him dead at the scene. Details are still coming in, but Jarez reports that cardiac arrest is suspected.
Known for his signature multiple braids, Coolio was born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr., per. (The nickname came from a friend who teased him about being "Coolio Iglesias"). Small and asthmatic as a child, he loved books and spent his spare time at the library after his mother moved the family to Compton, California, according to . But his focus and fortunes changed in the midst of family turmoil, and Coolio got involved in gang life as a teen. A stint in jail and a bout with cocaine nearly derailed him entirely, but he got back on track after moving in with his father. Music became Coolio's means of self-expression.
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After achieving a modest success recording as part of other groups, Coolio was signed to Tommy Boy Records, where his career quickly took off.
Coolio Is Best Known For A Movie Theme Song
Coolio's first big album, "It Takes a Thief," was his first to go platinum and to produce a hit, "Fantastic Voyage." Shortly afterward, the rapper's star soared even higher when he wrote "Gangsta's Paradise" for the soundtrack of themovie "Dangerous Minds," the hit film about a Marine-turned-teacher who struggles to connect with her inner-city students (per ). The song, which used a melody from Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise," was the number one song of 1995. It later got another bump of popularity, thanks to Weird Al Yankovic's parody "Amish Paradise." According to , Coolio protested Yankovic's use of the song without his permission, but later regretted his outburst. "That was one of the dumbest things I did in my career," he admitted.
Coolio, rapper behind hit 'Gangsta's Paradise,' dies at 59
Coolio, the US rapper best known for the chart-topping 1995 song "Gangsta's Paradise," has died, his manager said Wednesday. "It's about life, because you're living in the gangster's paradise also," Coolio said about his song, speaking in 1995 on the "Howard Stern Show."The Grammy-winning musician passed away in Los Angeles. No cause of death was immediately provided.
Over his career, Coolio garneredand one win, along with two MTV Music Video Awards. He also recorded six more albums, wrote a theme song for the Nickelodeon sitcom "Kenan and Kel" (per ), and appeared in more than 100 TV series and music videos, according to . Coolio is survived by his ex-wife, six children and , per .
Coolio was performing on the road just a few days before his death, as his finalpost reveals. Now, his comments section is filled with tributes.
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Famed '90s rapper Vanilla Ice is reeling over the death of his recent tourmate, Coolio. In fact, he even remembers the last words Coolio said to him.N.W.A. member Ice Cube was among the chorus of hip-hop stars who paid tribute to Coolio on Twitter. "This is sad news. I witness first hand this man's grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace," he wrote. "Coolio was the West Coast Flavor Flav, He loved telling everyone that," tweeted Flavor Flav. "We was supposed to perform together this Tuesday. RIP my friend.