Veteran US rapper, Artis Leon Ivey Jr popularly called Coolio is dead! The rapper who was best known for the chart-topping 1995 song “Gangsta’s Paradise died on Wednesday, aged 59.
The Grammy-winning musician passed away in Los Angeles. No cause of death was immediately provided.
According to reports, paramedics were called to a house in Los Angeles around 4 PM for a medical emergency and when they got there they pronounced Coolio dead.
The Police have opened a death investigation but as of right now there do not appear to be signs of foul play.
Coolio began his music career in California in the late 1980s, digging roots in the Los Angeles scene by 1994 when he signed to Tommy Boy Records.
His single “Fantastic Voyage” off his debut studio album “It Takes a Thief” charted as high as three on the Billboard Hot 100.
But it was “Gangsta’s Paradise” the following year that would make Coolio a household name.