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Coolio dead at 59: Gangsta’s Paradise rapper passes away after friend found him laying on the floor

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Pioneering rapper Coolio dead at 59: Gangsta’s Paradise singer passes away after he was found lying on bathroom floor at friend’s home in Los Angeles

  • The musician was visiting a friend on Wednesday afternoon when he was found dead according to TMZ 
  • The star’s manager, Jarez, shared that Coolio was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor, with the paramedics suspecting he suffered cardiac arrest 
  • The publication reported that the EMTs pronounced Coolio dead on the scene
  • An official cause of death has not been determined
  • He is survived by his six children and ex-wife, Josefa Salinas, whom he married in 1996. The former couple split four years later 
  • Coolio is perhaps best known for his ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ hit song on the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film ‘Dangerous Minds’ 

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Rapper Coolio has passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59. 

The musician – famous for his ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ song on the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film, Dangerous Minds – was visiting a friend on Wednesday afternoon when he was found dead according to TMZ. 

The star’s manager, Jarez, shared that Coolio was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor, with the paramedics suspecting he suffered cardiac arrest.

Gone too soon: Rapper Coolio has passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59; Pictured 2016

The publication reported that the EMTs pronounced Coolio dead on the scene. An official cause of death has not been determined. 

He is survived by his six children and ex-wife, Josefa Salina, whom he married in 1996. The former couple split four years later 

Coolio was recently seen performing on stage during Riot Fest 2022 at Douglass Park on September 18, in Chicago, Illinois.

Sad news: The musician was visiting a friend on Wednesday afternoon when he was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor, according to TMZ; Pictured 2022

Sad news: The musician was visiting a friend on Wednesday afternoon when he was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor, according to TMZ; Pictured 2022

He was also seen looking healthy earlier in April at the airport in Sydney where he generously stopped to take photos with fans, ahead of his concert at Luna Park. 

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The rapper has toured smaller venues throughout the United States over the past few years, playing a number of hits from his back catalogue. 

The hip-hop artist – born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. – enjoyed a meteoric rise in the mid-90s.

Possible cause: The star's manager, Jarez, shared that the paramedics suspect he suffered a cardiac arrest, though an official cause of death has not been determined; Pictured 1996

Possible cause: The star’s manager, Jarez, shared that the paramedics suspect he suffered a cardiac arrest, though an official cause of death has not been determined; Pictured 1996

Seen this month: Coolio was recently seen performing on stage during Riot Fest 2022 at Douglass Park on September 18, in Chicago, Illinois

Seen this month: Coolio was recently seen performing on stage during Riot Fest 2022 at Douglass Park on September 18, in Chicago, Illinois

The outlandish singer released Gangster’s Paradise in 1995 and the song topped the charts in the US, UK, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

The single itself sold over six million copies worldwide and came from his four time Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated 17-track album of the same name.

In May, Pfeiffer reminisced as she shared an image taken in 1995 when the two worked on the music video for Gangsta’s Paradise. 

Pfeiffer was the star of the film, playing former Marine LouAnne Johnson who goes to work at a high school as a teacher in a rough neighborhood in California.

Meanwhile Coolio provided the smash hit song, and was awarded a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance, two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video and Best Video from a Film and a Billboard Music Award for the song/album.

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The singer used religious undertones in the lyrics and said he felt a calling to make the tune.

Hit song: Coolio is perhaps best known for his 'Gangsta's Paradise' hit song on the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film 'Dangerous Minds'; Still from Dangerous Minds

Hit song: Coolio is perhaps best known for his ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ hit song on the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film ‘Dangerous Minds’; Still from Dangerous Minds

‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ wanted to be born; it wanted to come to life, and it chose me as the vessel,’ he said.

Some of the lines were from Stevie Wonder, who would not allow any cuss words.

Coolio said, ‘I had a few vulgarities…and he wasn’t with that. So I changed it. Once he heard it, he thought it was incredible.’

The music video for the song was directed by Antoine Fuqua, and featured Pfeiffer reprising her role.

Looking back: In May, Pfeiffer shared an image taken in 1995 when the two worked on the music video for Gangsta's Paradise

Looking back: In May, Pfeiffer shared an image taken in 1995 when the two worked on the music video for Gangsta’s Paradise

Unfortunately, Coolio was unable to duplicate that level of success again and gained only a small amount of recognition with subsequent song ‘I’ll C U When U Get There.’

He later became a chef and even released a cookbook titled Cookin’ with Coolio.

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He also appeared on an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap in 2013.

Source: Daily Mail

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