Coolio performs a live concert. Coolio performs a live concert in an Angels baseball jersey.

TMZ reports that rap icon Coolio — born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. — passed away on Wednesday night. He was 59.

The details on what’s known so far, from TMZ:

Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, says Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come after a while … the friend kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found Coolio laying on the floor.

We’re told the friend called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead on the scene — and Jarez tells us the paramedics suspect he suffered cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been determined.

6:24 PM PT — Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … 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.

We’re told police have opened a death investigation but as of right now there does not appear to be signs of foul play. However, our sources say the coroner will make a final determination following an autopsy.

Coolio was one of the most popular and successful musicians in the ’90s. Among his singles were “Gangsta’s Paradise” (which won a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996), “Fantastic Voyage”, “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)”, “C U When U Get There”, and “It’s All the Way Live (Now)”.

He was also an actor, appearing in many films and television shows.

Fans of Coolio have paying tribute to the rap legend following Wednesday’s devastating news.


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