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

US rapper Coolio has died at the age of 59, according to a report by US celebrity media outlet TMZ.

Best known for his 1995 hit Gangsta’s Paradise, the 90s rap sensation died in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon local time while visiting a friend.

Coolio performing at Groovin The Moo in 2019.Credit:Tracey Nearmy/Getty

According to Coolio’s manager Jarel Posey, known as “Jarez”, the It Takes a Thief producer was announced dead at the scene. Paramedics suspected he suffered cardiac arrest, but an official cause of death is yet to be determined.

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., Coolio rose to prominence in the hip hop scene during the 1980s, creating chart-topping songs throughout his career such as It’s All the Way Live (Now) and Fantastic Voyage.

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