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‘Gansta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio dies at age 59

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Rapper Coolio, known for his 90’s hit ‘Gansta’s Paradise’, passed away on Wednesday. He was 59.

The rap star was found dead on the bathroom floor of a friend’s Los Angeles home, his longtime manager, Jarez Posey, told TMZ.

Coolio, whose official name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene by responding to paramedics, TMZ reported. It is suspected that he died of cardiac arrest.

The rapper launched his career in the 1980s and he skyrocketed to national fame with his 1995 Grammy Award-winning hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which was featured on the soundtrack of Michelle Pfieffer’s 1995 crime drama “Dangerous Minds.”

The iconic song spent three weeks at number 1 on the billboard charts and was parodied by Weird Al Yankovic in his song “Amish Paradise.”

The rapper was found dead in the bathroom of a friend’s home in Los Angeles, his manager said.
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Coolio performing at California Music Awards in 1998.
Coolio rose to fame with his 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
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Other hits from the California-based rapper include 1994’s “Fantastic Voyage” which peaked at number 3 and “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “It’s All the Way Live (Now)”.

His death comes only four days after he went to Instagram to post his last performance in Texas.

Members of the rap community and beyond took to social media to mourn the sudden death of the rapper and producer.

Coolio performs in Camden in 2016
Coolio leaves behind his six children and his ex-wife.
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“This is sad news. I’m witnessing this man’s rut ​​to the top of the industry. Rest in peace @Coolio,” Ice Cube tweeted.

“Peaceful Journey Brother,” Roots drummer Quest Love wrote.

MC hammer remembered Coolio as “One of the nicest guys I know. Dear people,” he said.

“My deepest condolences and prayers go out to @Coolio’s family”, actor and comedian Martin Lawrence said.

Coolio leaves behind his six children and ex-wife Josefa Salina, whom he married in 1996 before the couple split four years later.

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