Rapper Coolio passed away at the age of 59 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
His manager and friend Jerez Posey confirmed the death to CNN, The Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone magazine.
Coolio is best remembered for the hit “Gangsta Paradise”, which transcended hip-hop and became a classic hit of the 1990s.
The song was part of the film “Dangerous Minds” and the split was featured in the official video. Michelle PfeifferOne of the top actresses of that time.
The track begins with a line from Psalm 23:4: “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” and features some religious overtones due to the gospel-style choir vocals in the background of the track, Tells the story of a song.
The track is a sample of a song by Stevie Wonder, who originally didn’t want Coolio to work with “Pastime Paradise” because he didn’t want his piece to be used in “some gangster song”.
However, once released, the piece slipped into all music rankings and it was common to hear it everywhere.
According to The New York Times, Coolio’s music helped define hip-hop.
The rapper performed at the Rio Festival in Chicago on September 18.
The manager, Jerez Posey, told the NYT that the rapper died while he was in the bathroom of a friend’s house. It took a long time to come out and when I went to look for him, he was lying on the ground. Doctors reached the spot, but could not do anything to save him.