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Popular rap icon of the 90s and the man behind the mega-hit “Gangsters Paradise”, Coolio has reportedly died. He was 59 years old.
TMZ reported that Starr was on his way to a friend’s house when he suffered a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the scene. Continuing, reports state that no official cause of death has been determined.
The report cited Coolio’s manager Jarez, who shared with the outlet that the star had gone to the bathroom and that since he hadn’t been out for a long time, a friend at the house they were in had gone to check on him. At this point he was found lying on the floor and the EMT was called to the spot.
At present, no official announcement has been made regarding the death of the rapper.
Artis Leon Ivy Jr., the artist known as Coolio, rose to fame in the ’90s thanks to a string of hits including the famous anthem Gangsta Paradise. Released as part of the film’s soundtrack dangerous MindsThe song quickly skyrocketed to success, topping the charts and staying there for weeks.
Following the success of Gangsta’s Paradise Coolio, he continued to release music until his last studio album, 2009, was released. 2 from the bottom, The rapper released eight studio albums and a collaborative album between 1994 and 2009, and earned a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996.
In addition to his music, Coolio also made a variety of film and TV appearances, including the 2003 brave Thin layer.