Rapper and actor, Coolio has passed away, late Wednesday afternoon (Sep 28, 2022) in Los Angeles. He was 59 years young.
According to TMZ:
Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, 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.
We’re told the friend called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead on the scene — and Jarez tells us the paramedics suspect he suffered cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been determined.
Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., originally rose to fame as a member of the Gangsta rap group WC and the Maad Circle alongside WC and his brother, Crazy Toones.
Since going solo, he is best known for his 1995 Grammy Award-winning hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise”, for the soundtrack Dangerous Minds, as well as other hit singles. He is also widely known for the theme song “Aw, Here It Goes!” for the 1996 Nickelodeon television series Kenan & Kel.
Outside of rapping Coolio has a lengthy acting resume and is also a chef with his own web series titled Cookin’ with Coolio and a cookbook.
Rest in Peace!