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Rapper Coolio of famous song “Gangsta Paradise” dies – BBC News

  • Tiffany Wertheimer
  • BBC News

American rapper Coolio, best known for his 90s hits Gangsta’s ParadiseDied at the age of 59.

His former manager, Jerez Posey, told US media that the artist was at a friend’s house and went to the bathroom, but was later found unconscious on the floor.

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

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

However, Posey told TMZ that paramedics believed it was cardiac arrest.

Grammy Winner

Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ive Jr., won a Grammy for Gangsta’s ParadiseWhich was part of the soundtrack for the film “Dangerous Minds” (dangerous Minds), starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

According to the platform’s official website, the song is being heard widely and has crossed 1 billion plays on Spotify.

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

He was active until his death; Coolio was in the midst of touring with other ’90s stars, including Vanilla Ice and Young MC, with whom he had performed in Texas a few days earlier.

Vanilla Ice wrote on Twitter, “I am terrified. Just heard the news of the passing of my good friend Coolio.”

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