CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES.- Coolio, the American rapper best known for the 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise”died at age 59, his manager said Wednesday.
The musician, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr. and who was awarded several Grammy awards, passed away in The Angels.
Coolio’s manager and friend over several years Jarez Posey confirmed the news to AFP, without giving additional details.
Posey, speaking to the celebrity news website TMZ, He said Coolio was found unconscious in the bathroom of a friend’s house Wednesday afternoon.
Coolio began his career as a rapper in California in the late 1980s, but his global fame came in 1995 with the release of his hit musical “Gangsta’s Paradise” as part of the movie soundtrack “Dangerous Minds”.
The artist was awarded a grammy award for best solo rap performance at the following year’s ceremony.
With a musical excerpt from “Pastime Paradise” (1976) from Stevie wonder, the song sold millions of copies worldwide, topping the music charts in 16 countries and becoming the number one song on the Billboard listing in 1995.