Coolio died at age 59. The rapper, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died Wednesday, September 28, at a friend’s house in Los Angeles, Calif.
“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” a representative for Coolio said. We Weekly Wednesday. “He touched the world with the gift of his talent and he will be deeply missed. Thank you to everyone around the world who listened to his music and to everyone who spoke of his passing. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.
The Pennsylvania native, who was best known for the hit ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ from the 1995 film dangerous spirits, was confirmed dead by his manager Jarez Posey Wednesday. “As far as I know now, it was at a friend’s house and he was in his bathroom,” Posey said. rolling stone, adding that Coolio died of a suspected heart attack. No official cause of death has been confirmed.
By TMZ, who was first to break the news, Coolio was visiting a friend when he went to the bathroom. After his friend got worried when the “CU When U Get There” artist was away for a long time, they found him lying on the floor.
The ambulance was called and the paramedics pronounced the dead rapper on stage.
Coolio was married to Josefa Salinas from 1996 to 2000. They shared four children, daughters Artisha, Brandi, Jackie and son Artis, who starred with him in the 2008 reality series Coolio Rules.
Beyond his musical success – which included eight solo studio albums between 1994 and 2009 – Coolio has landed roles in blockbuster films throughout his career. He appeared in 1997 batman and robin opposite George Clooney like a dark knight, pass with Kirsten Dunst in 2001 and was featured in by Ben Affleck daredevil film in 2003. It has also made its way to television over the years and has been featured in various episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The nanny, Charmand Teachers.
Following his tragic passing, celebrities took to social media to honor the music icon.
Michelle Pheifferwho played in dangerous spirits — and the coinciding music video for Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” — penned a touching tribute to the late rapper via Instagram.
“Heartbroken to learn of the passing of talented artist @coolio,” the A beautiful day star wrote alongside a snippet of their music video. “A life far too short. As some of you may know, I had the good fortune to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995. He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack – which I think is the why our film was so successful. I remember he was just nice. 30 years later, I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family. Rest in power, Artis Leon Ivey Jr. ❤️.
“It’s sad news” Ice Cube wrote via Twitter at the time. “I witnessed this man’s rise to the top of the industry. Rest in peace @Coolio.
rapper friend MC Hammer also offered his condolences saying, “One of the nicest guys I have ever known. Good people. RIP Coolio. Actor Martin Lawrencefor his part, offered his “deepest condolences” to Coolio’s family.
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