Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio dead at 59

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Rapper Coolio whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, has died at age 59 after he reportedly collapsed while at a friend’s house.

Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, told TMZ that that the rapper was at a friend’s home in Los Angeles when he excused himself to go to the bathroom.

When he didn’t return after a reasonable amount of time, the friend reportedly called out to him — but didn’t get a response.

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Rapper Coolio
Rapper Coolio cause of death unknown after ‘collapsing at friend’s house’

Worried, the friend went into the bathroom and discovered Coolio — whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr. — on the floor. The paramedics were called immediately — at around 4 p.m. local time.

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Rapper Coolio cause of death.

Following a suspected cardiac arrest, Coolio was pronounced dead at the scene. However, the official cause of death is still pending.

Rapper Coolio Children.

He is survived by his six children and ex-wife, Josefa Salina, whom he married in 1996. The former couple went on to call it quits four years later.

Coolio, a Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist, was an up-and-comer in the late 1980s and rocketed to fame in 1995 with Gangsta’s Paradise.

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He recorded the song for the soundtrack of the 1995 Dangerous Minds film starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

His other hits included Fantastic Voyage, 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New), and It’s All the Way Live (Now). — He also did the theme song for the hit TV show Kenan & Kel, called Aw, Here It Goes.

His death comes just four days after he took to Instagram to post his latest performance in Texas.

He did not caption the post, instead letting the video speak for itself.. That post has become a makeshift memorial as fans learn of his death.

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