Iconic ’90s rapper, Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, has passed away aged 59.
According to TMZ, the artist who rose to stardom in 1995 with his hit song “Gangsta’s Paradise”, died on Wednesday, September 28, in Los Angeles, California.
Coolio was visiting a friend late Wednesday when he passed away.
According to the rapper’s manager Jarez Posey, Coolio went to the bathroom at a friend’s house but did not come out for a long time.
The friend unsuccessfully tried calling out to him, and when he finally went in, he found Coolio unresponsive on the floor. The friend then called paramedics, who declared the artiste dead on the scene.
Jarez said that the medics suspect he suffered from cardiac arrest, but an official cause of death has not been determined.
Reports say that the Los Angeles Police Department received a call around 4 p.m. of a man around 60 years old, but did not confirm his identity. He was unresponsive when they arrived and died within an hour, despite resuscitation efforts, police said. LAPD said the death investigation appears to be of natural cause with no apparent evidence of foul play at this time.
Coolio started making music in the 1980s and won a Grammy for ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, which was part of the soundtrack for the movie “Dangerous Minds”.
The rapper recorded eight studio albums and won an American Music Award and three MTV Video Music Awards.
His other hits include “It’s All the Way Live”, “Fantastic Voyage”, “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “Too Hot”. Coolio was active in music before his death, as he was in the middle of a tour with other 90s stars, including Vanilla Ice.
He is reportedly survived by six children, who he shares with ex-wife Josefa Salina.
Watch ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ below: