Coolio, rapper of hits ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ ‘Fantastic Voyage,’ dead at 59: Reports.
Coolio, a rapper and record producer best known for hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” has died, according to reports. He was 59.
His longtime manager Jarez Posey confirmed the news to Rolling Stone and NBC News Wednesday. He said he believes Coolio had a heart attack, but did not provide an official cause of death.
USA TODAY has reached out to Posey for comment and further details.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1963, Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., later moved to Compton, California, where he was raised. He recorded records in the 1980s, and his career blew up in 1995 with his song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which was featured in the Michelle Pfeiffer-led film “Dangerous Minds.”
“It’s about life, because you’re living in the gangster’s paradise also,” Coolio said of the song on the “Howard Stern Show” in 1995.
Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, told TMZ that the rap icon was visiting a friend in Los Angeles when he died.
He reportedly went to use the restroom and never came out.
The friend eventually went to check on Coolio and found him on the floor.
How did Coolio die
An official cause of death maybe a heart attack.
ABC News reporter Chris Cristi revealed that as of 4pm PST, police were still on the scene at the home where the prolific singer was found dead.
Coolio was an up-and-comer in the late 1980s who rocketed to fame in 1995 with Gangsta’s Paradise.
He recorded the song for the soundtrack for 1995 Dangerous Minds film.
His other hits included Fantastic Voyage, 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New), and It’s All the Way Live (Now).
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