Coolio has died at the age of 59, and they suspect his cause death.
Sheila Finegan, Coolio’s talent manager, told TMZ: “We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away Wednesday afternoon. 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.””
Law enforcement told TMZ that paramedics were called to a house in LA around 4PM for a medical emergency. Coolio was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have opened investigation, but it appears there were no signs of foul play. However, final determination will be concluded after the autopsy.
Artis Leon Ivey Jr., Coolio’s real name, achieved gigantic success in the 90s. He blew up nationally in 1995 with the all time hit “Gangsta’s Paradise”, made as the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film, “Dangerous Minds.”
The song reached #1 and stayed there for 3 weeks.
Official cause of death has not been determined, although paramedics suspect that he suffered cardiac arrest.
Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, says Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, and didn’t come up for a while. The friend suspected that something might be off and kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found Coolio laying on the floor.
Coolio was visiting a friend late Wednesday afternoon when he passed away.
While ‘Paradise’ blew worldwide, Coolio had several others … including 1994’s “Fantastic Voyage” — which hit #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 , as well as “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “It’s All the Way Live (Now).”
Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise has over 1 Billion views on YouTube. Let’s hear it together one more time:
RIP good man.