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Coolio: 'Gangsta's Paradise' Rapper Dies at 59

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The exact cause of his death has not yet been revealed, but according to his manager Coolio reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest

The American rapper Coolio, best known for the iconic song “Gangsta's Paradise”, died suddenly at the age of 59.

The news of his death was confirmed by his manager, Jarez Posey, stating that the artist was found unconscious in a friend's bathroom in Los Angeles.

The exact cause of his death has not yet been revealed, but according to his manager Coolio reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest.

His real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (Artis Leon Ivey Jr). He started making music in the 1980s, but made history in 1995 with the hit song 'Gangsta's Paradise'.

For this song, which is heard in the film “Dangerous Minds” starring Michelle Pfeiffer, the musician received a Grammy Award.

During his career that spans four decades , recorded eight albums and also won three MTV Video Music Awards and an American Music Award.

His other hits included: 'Fantastic Voyage', 'Rollin' With My Homies', '1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)' and 'Too Hot'.

Although his star wasn't as bright as it was in the 90s, Coolio has remained active in music to this day. During this time, he toured with other well-known 90s rappers such as Vanilla Ice and Young MC.

The former wrote on Twitter: “I'm freaking out, just found out my good friend Coolio passed away.”

Equally famous rapper and actor Ice Cube said: “This is sad news. I've seen firsthand this man's rise to the top of our industry.”

With information from the BBC

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy
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