Iconic, Grammy Award-winning rapper Coolio dies at 59

The rapper had a string of hits in the 1990s, including ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ which is still a well-played classic today
Iconic, Grammy Award-winning rapper Coolio dies at 59

Iconic West Coast rapper Coolio died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. According to the New York Times, “Mr. Jarez Posey, who worked with the rapper for more than 20 years, said he was told that Coolio was at a friend’s house in Los Angeles when he went to the bathroom. When he did not return for a ‘long time,’ his friends broke down the door and found Coolio on the floor,” he said.

Even though “Gangsta’s Paradise” was his best-known hit, Coolio, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. had many other hits that most of us are familiar with. His 1994 debut album It Takes a Thief included Fantastic Voyage, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. His career got a further boost when “Gangsta’s Paradise” won a Grammy.

“This is sad news,” Ice Cube said on Twitter. “I witnessed firsthand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace, @Coolio.”

We’ll update this story as more is known about the circumstances surrounding his death.

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