Hip hop fans around the world are mourning after news broke Wednesday that rapper “Coolio” died. He was 59 years old.
“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away Wednesday afternoon,” Coolio’s talent manager, Sheila Finegan, said in a released statement. “He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”
TMZ reported that Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was visiting a friend when he passed away.
According to TMZ, the friend said when he noticed that Coolio was taking a little longer than normal for a bathroom break, he went to check on him. That is when he found him unresponsive and called 911.
Coolio’s career spanned for more than three decades, with his Grammy Award-winning hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” skyrocketing in 1995 after being on the soundtrack of the movie “Dangerous Minds,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
Other popular hits included “C U When U Get There,” “Fantastic Voyage,” and “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New),” the latter two also receiving Grammy nominations.
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His career was not limited to music.
In 2009, he wrote “Cookin’ with Coolio,” which evolved into a cooking show, and he also had featured appearances in television and film productions including “Futurama,” “Malcom & Eddie,” “Robbery Homicide Division and “Fear Factor.”
Coolio was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Compton, California.
“Straight Outta Compton” legend, rapper “Ice Cube,” was among many expressing condolences on social media.
“This is sad news,” Ice Cube tweeted. “I witnessed first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace.”