MUSIC: Gangsta’s Paradise rapper Coolio dies at 59

Coolio, the American rapper best known for his Gangsta's Paradise hits, has died at the age of 59

Coo­lio, the Amer­i­can rap­per best known for his Gangsta’s Par­adise hits, has died at the age of 59.

His long­time man­ag­er, Jarez Posey, told US media that the artist was found unre­spon­sive on the bath­room floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles.

Coo­lio, who start­ed his music career in the 1980s, released “Gangsta’s Par­adise” in 1995 and carved his name into hip-hop history.

The exact cause of death was still unknown as of Wednesday.

But Posey told TMZ, which first report­ed the news, that para­medics thought he might have gone into car­diac arrest.

Coo­lio, whose real name is Artis Leon Avie Jr., won a Gram­my Award for “Gangstas Par­adise,” which was includ­ed on the sound­track to the movie Dan­ger­ous Minds, star­ring Michelle Pfeiffer.

The poignant song is still wide­ly played, and accord­ing to its offi­cial site, it has just sur­passed 1 bil­lion streams on Spotify.

Dur­ing his 40-year career, he record­ed eight stu­dio albums and won an Amer­i­can Music Award and three MTV Video Music Awards.

His hits include “Fan­tas­tic Voy­age,” “Rollin’ With My Homies,” “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New),” and “Too Hot.”

Active until death: Coo­lio has toured with 90’s stars like Vanil­la Ice and Young MC, and just played in Texas a few days ago.

Vanil­la Ice wrote on Twit­ter, “She is dev­as­tat­ed to learn that her best friend Coo­lio has passed away.”

Snoop Dogg referred to Coo­lio’s world-famous song in his trib­ute, writ­ing “Gangs­ta Heav­en.” RIP.”

They also released a pho­to of the two pos­ing at the set of the music video for their 2006 col­lab­o­ra­tion, “Gangs­ta Walk.”

“Sad news, I’ve seen this guy’s career rise to the top of the indus­try,” said fel­low rap­per and actor Ice Cube.

MC Ham­mer called Coo­lio “one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met”.

He’s a “nice guy”. RIP Coo­lio,” and post­ed a black-and-white pho­to of the rap­per, before post­ing a sec­ond pho­to of him with Tupac and Snoop Dogg.

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