Coolio, known for his Grammy-winning hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” died on Wednesday at 59-years-old, according to his longtime manager.
Grammy-winning rapper Coolio has reportedly died at 59-years-old, according to a new report from TMZ. On Wednesday (September 28), the rapper was found deceased when he reportedly visited a friend’s house. Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., went to the bathroom and didn’t return. After Ivey’s friend repeatedly called for him, they entered the bathroom where the “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper was found lying on the floor.
Although officials have not confirmed Ivey’s cause of death, it’s suspected that he suffered from cardiac arrest.
“As far as what I know now is that he was at a friend’s house and was in his bathroom and had a heart attack,” his manager Jarez Posey said per NBC News.
Born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, Ivey was raised in Compton, California where he attended Compton Community College and got his start in rap in the ’80s. Ivey broke into the mainstream towards the ’90s with his 1994 debut album It Takes A Thief on Tommy Boy Records, which boasted his first hit single “Fantastic Voyage.” The album was certified platinum, followed by Ivey’s 1995 sophomore album Gangsta’s Paradise. The titular song was featured on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack and went on to win a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996. Ivey released six more solo albums during his life, concluding with From the Bottom 2 the Top in 2009.
Along with a fruitful music career, Ivey was an accomplished actor, with roles in Batman & Robin, The Convent, Daredevil and guest appearances on The Parent ‘Hood, Martin, The Nanny, Futurama and more. In 1996, Ivey contributed the theme song to Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel.
Read tributes to Coolio below.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 29, 2022
the way tv and hip-hop were so connected in the 90s is something i’ll never forget. and it gave us one of the best songs in the kenan and kel theme by coolio. rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/D4t9H28b1e
— nadirah (@hinadirah) September 29, 2022
Rest In Peace Coolio. His music brought a lot of joy to a lot of people. That man had huge huge hits. A fantastic voyage, indeed. ✌🏻
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) September 29, 2022
RIP Coolio 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/4AN2ikInt6
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) September 29, 2022
Coolio was only 59. We hear so many stories about rappers dying before they’re barely adults that for a second 59 almost seems like a pretty long life but it’s so young.
— GNCordova (@GNCordova) September 29, 2022
First CD I ever bought in my life and the most legendary Wing 10 Last Dab these eyes have ever seen RIP Coolio pic.twitter.com/Feu3wwe98S
— Sean Evans (@seanseaevans) September 29, 2022
— RPBMH 💔 OUT NOW (@vincestaples) September 29, 2022
Coolio is dead. I can't believe I wrote that. Only 59. If you're Gen X, you know and respect. Gangstas Paradise inshallah.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) September 29, 2022
Shocked to hear that Coolio died! I just saw him perform on July 4 – I was in St. Louis & we stumbled into a concert near the Arch & got so excited when we realized that it was him. Such a blast, everyone was really into it, grooving along to Fantastic Voyage… 💔
— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) September 29, 2022
Remembering Coolio’s Appearance in Gravity Falls… Rest in Power man… pic.twitter.com/SPxDCiohF4
— Chris DeRose #NewDeal4Animation (@ScratchyDerose) September 29, 2022
Coolio has passed away at 59. Rest in Peace 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/U9Me1KG3zK
— Hot Freestyle (@HotFreestyle) September 29, 2022