TMZ reports that rap icon Coolio — born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. — passed away on Wednesday night. He was 59.
Coolio died Wednesday in Los Angeles … TMZ has learned. https://t.co/EpTqnrwrhq
— TMZ (@TMZ) September 29, 2022
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.
“Fantastic Voyage” playing at Wrigley.
RIP Coolio pic.twitter.com/hsy9E23eVy
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 29, 2022
— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 29, 2022
One of the nicest dudes I’ve known.
Good people. R.I.P. Coolio 🕊 🌹 🕊 pic.twitter.com/yQF9ZonbKA
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) September 29, 2022
RIP Coolio pic.twitter.com/Z53f3n6HDU
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) September 29, 2022
— Martin Lawrence (@realmartymar) September 29, 2022
R.I.P Coolio 🕊 pic.twitter.com/qxkHYBh7Li
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 29, 2022
Maaannnnn RIP Coolio 😭 Gonna blast “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the rest of the day.
— Kayla Braxton (@KaylaBraxtonWWE) September 29, 2022
the way tv and hip-hop were so connected in the 90s is something i’ll never forget. and it gave us one of the best songs in the kenan and kel theme by coolio. rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/D4t9H28b1e
— nadirah (@hinadirah) September 29, 2022
RIP Coolio, whose one massive hit overshadowed a formidable run of classic West Coast bangers. An original member of the Maad Circle & Compton representative – with an undeniable star quality, humor, charisma, and a gift for making street tales mainstream without sanitizing them pic.twitter.com/DEyMqEOJfs
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) September 29, 2022
First CD I ever bought in my life and the most legendary Wing 10 Last Dab these eyes have ever seen RIP Coolio pic.twitter.com/Feu3wwe98S
— Sean Evans (@seanseaevans) September 29, 2022
Rest In Peace Coolio. His music brought a lot of joy to a lot of people. That man had huge huge hits. A fantastic voyage, indeed. ✌🏻
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) September 29, 2022