The music world is saying goodbye to an iconic 90s star.
Coolio, known for his ’90s hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” from the movie Dangerous Minds, died on Sept. 28 in LA. He was 59.
Coolio’s manager Jarez Posey confirmed his death to NBC News, stating, “So far as what I understand now is he was at a friend’s house and was in his bathroom.”Jarez said Coolio died of a suspected coronary attack, but no official reason behind death has been confirmed.
Per TMZ, when Coolio didn’t react to his name being called, his friend went in the bathroom and found himunresponsive on to the floor. The friendreportedly called paramedics.
The LA Police Department told E! News they received a call around 4 p.m. of a guy around 60 yrs . old, but didn’t confirm his identity. He was unresponsive if they arrived and died in a hour, despite resuscitation efforts, police said. LAPD said the death investigation is apparently of natural cause without apparent proof foul play at the moment.
Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was created inMonessen, Pa., and later moved to Compton, Calif., where he’d commence to set the roots for his music career.
Coolio’s single “Fantastic Voyage” from his 1994 debut album IT REQUIRES A Thief, rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. His next biggest single will be “Gangsta’s Paradise,” featuring R&B singer L.V., which he recorded for John N. Smith‘s 1995 filmDangerous Minds.
The song spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.Coolio continued to execute the hit at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards, where he won Best Rap Solo Performance that year. Coolio put the song on his 1995 albumGangsta’s Paradise, which also had hits”1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “Too Hot.”
In 2015, Coolio said that “Gangsta’s Paradise” was still praised amongst his fans as a song that had changed their lives.
“Many people say it saved them from whatever demons these were dealing with, they paid attention to the song also it helped them keep on; it saved them from suicide, all sorts of s–t,” Coolio told Rolling Stone at that time. “Lots of guys explained it got ’em through their prison time. That is why I believe of the song as divine intervention, since it doesn’t have even the same and therefore it did initially it now means anything you think this means. It has nothing in connection with me; it is due to whatever person is hearing it at that time. It’s everything to all or any people.”
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The rapper also tapped into other artistic pursuits intelevision and movie roles, where he’d often play himself. Coolio portrayedsupervillain Jonathan Crane in 1997’sBatman & Robin, in addition to voicedKwanzaa-bot in Futurama and made appearances on Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Charmed, All That and The Nanny.
Coolio additionallycreated the cooking series Cookin’ With Coolio and reality tv program Coolio’s Rules, which showed the rapper parenting four of his childrenArtisha, Brandi, Artis and Jackieas an individual dad, based on the Boston Herald.
He called himself a “pretty protective” father in a 2008 interview, where he spoke concerning the connection he’s got along with his children.
“You can’t bypass being mad at one another and, you understand, we’re not necessarily that type anyway,” he told the Boston Herald. “My kids can’t stay mad at me, anyway.You understand, I’m the daddy.”
He could be reportedly survived by six children, who he shares with ex-wife Josefa Salina.
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