Grammy-winning rapper and eventual actor Coolio has died at the age of 59. According to a report in TMZ, Coolio’s manager Jarez Posey, says Coolio died Wednesday afternoon at a friend’s house in Los Angeles, saying:

“As far as what I know now is that he was at a friend’s house and was in his bathroom and had a heart attack.”

Coolio’s biggest hit was movie related. He is best remembered for Gangsta’s Paradise which was included on the soundtrack of 1995’s Michelle Pfieffer movie Dangerous Minds. His association with movies would continue with appearances in Batman & Robin, Daredevil, Perfume, Leprechaun in the Hood, Get Over It, and the villain role in Lou Diamond Phillip’s shark in the Mississippi thriller Red Water.


On TV he appeared in shows ranging from Futurama to Sabrina: the Teenage Witch. He wrote the theme to Kenan & Kel.

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. on August 1, 1963 in Monessen, Pennsylvania, he later moved to Compton, California. After attending Compton Community College, he worked in jobs such as volunteer firefighting and security at Los Angeles International Airport, before becoming a rapper.

Coolio recorded his first single in 1987, titled Whatcha Gonna Do? He also recorded What Makes You Dance (Force Groove) with Nu-Skool in 1988. Coolio was rising in the L.A. rap scene, and in 1991, ended up joining the group WC and the Maad Circle, led by rapper WC. He is a credited co-contributor on the group’s debut album Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed, including on the single Dress Code.

He has sold more than 17 million records. He won the Grammy in 1995 for Gangsta’s Paradise.

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