‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio dead at 59

Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper best known for the 1995 single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died, his longtime manager confirmed to the Times on Wednesday. He was 59.

The musician was found on the bathroom floor at a friend’s house on Wednesday afternoon when he was unresponsive, manager Jarez Posey told TMZ, who first broke the news. No official cause of death was determined, but cardiac arrest was suspected, Posey told the website.

Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was born on August 1, 1963 in Monessen, Pennsylvania but grew up in Compton.

He is best known for the song “Gangsta’s Paradise” from 1995 from the album of the same name. The song from the movie “Dangerous Minds” won the 1996 Grammy for Best Solo Rap Performance and was nominated for Song of the Year.

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https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-09-28/rapper-coolio-dead-obituary ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio dead at 59

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