What happened to Coolie? He Dies Gangsta’s Paradise Rapper at 59
American rapper Coolio, known for the notable hit Gangsta’s Paradise, has died at the age of 59. His manager Jarez Posey told the US media that the artist was found unconscious on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles. Coolio began making music during the 1980s, but established his place in hip hop history when he recorded Gangsta’s Paradise in 1995. The specific reason for his death on Wednesday has yet to be revealed. However, Posey told TMZ, which originally broke the news, that paramedics believed Coolio may have had a heart attack. Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr, won a Grammy for Gangsta’s Paradise, part of the Dangerous Minds soundtrack with Michelle Pfeiffer.
The creepy track is still widely listened to and recently surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify, according to its official site. Spanning four decades, Coolio’s career has recorded eight studio albums and won an American Music Award and three MTV Video Music Awards. Coolio’s other hits included Fantastic Vogage, Rollin’ With My Homies, 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New), and Too Hot. He was active until his passing: Coolio was in the middle of touring with other ’90s stars, including Vanilla Ice and Young MC, and they performed in Texas just a couple of days before. I’m going crazy. Just heard my old friend Coolio died, Vanilla Ice wrote on his Twitter account.
Rapper Coolio known for his hit song Gangsta Paradise dies at 59
Coolio, the ’90s rapper who lit the music lines with hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” has died, his friend and manager Jarez Posey told CNN. He was 59 years old. Jarez Posey said Coolio died in the afternoon local time in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 28. Details about the conditions were not immediately available. Contacted by CNN, Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott confirmed that firefighters and paramedics responded to a call in the 2900 block of South Chesapeake Ave. at 4 p.m. local time for reports of a medical emergency. At the time they showed up, they found an unresponsive man and performed “resuscitative efforts for about 45 minutes.” The patient “was determined dead not long before 5:00 pm,” Scott said. We are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon, Coolio’s talent manager, Sheila Finegan, said in a statement to CNN.
He moved the world with the gift of his talent and will be fondly remembered. Thank you to everyone who has generally listened to his music and to each and every individual who has connected regarding his passing. Please keep Coolio’s friends and family in his thoughts and prayers. Throughout his career, Coolio sold more than 17 million records, according to his site. Coolio also has a special place in the hearts of some millennials for his work on the theme song for the popular Nickelodeon television series ‘Kenan and Kel’ and his contribution to the album ‘Dexter’s Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment’, which songs highlights from different hip-hop artists that were powered by Cartoon Network’s animated series. Lately, Coolio has enjoyed the perks of being a nostalgic figure, making television appearances on shows like ‘Celebrity Cook Off’ and ‘Celebrity Chopped’. He also had a show on Oxygen, ‘Coolio’s Rules,’ which aired in 2008.