Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper, Dies at 59


Rapper Coolio died at the age of 59.

TMZ reports that the rapper was visiting a friend yesterday afternoon (September 28th) when he collapsed. The friend called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead on the scene. Jarez said that the paramedics suspect that he suffered cardiac arrest. The official cause of death has not been determined.

Law enforcement sources say that no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene.  An autopsy and toxicology test will be used to determine an official cause of death.  The police are investigating Coolio’s death but as of now there does not appear to any signs of foul play.

Coolio, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. is known for his 1995 #1 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” from the soundtrack of Dangerous Minds, “Fantastic Voyage,” “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New) and “It’s All The Way Live Now.”

The rapper released eight solo studio albums between 1994 and 2009 and appeared in movies like  Batman & Robin, Get Over It, and Daredevil.  He also made memorable appearances on Sabrina the Teenage WitchThe NannyCharmed and more.

Celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the rapper including Michelle Pfeiffer, Ice Cube, and more.

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