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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2022. 9:59 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Artis Leon Ivey Jr., stage name Coolio, a rap artist best known for Grammy-winning hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died at the age of 59, TMZ reports.

TMZ confirmed the news with Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, who says Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come after a while, the friend kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found Coolio laying on the floor. The friend called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead on the scene. The paramedics suspect he suffered cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been determined.

KCBS-TV in Los Angeles reports that the Los Angeles Police Department launched a death investigation after being called to a home in the West Adams neighbourhood at around 4 p.m. local time. They do not believe there are any signs of foul play.

Coolio rose to fame with a pair of back-to-back smash albums. His 1994 debut “It Takes a Thief” featured the hit song “Fantastic Voyage,” but it was the title track from his same-named 1995 album which became his most successful, rated triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); and won him a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996 after being featured in the successful feature film, “Dangerous Minds.”

Coolio also provided the theme song for the well-known children’s program “Kenan & Kel,” which ran on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000, and continued to release music up to his final studio album in 2009, as well as making the occasional film and television appearances, often playing himself.

 

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