‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper Coolio Dies At 59

The Grammy-winning musician Coolio passed away in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Coolio’s friend and long-standing manager Jarez Posey confirmed the news, He was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s LA house.

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, won a Grammy for the 1995 track Gangster’s Paradise, which led the soundtrack for Dangerous Minds.

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.

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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.

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