Coolio rose to prominence as a member of the Gangsta rap group WC and the Maad Circle, alongside WC and Crazy Toones. The rapper died unexpectedly, and the entire world is in mourning.
Coolio died in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The rapper who rose to fame in the 1990s was visiting a friend late Wednesday afternoon when he died. Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, stated that Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house but when he didn’t return after a while, the friend kept calling for him and ultimately walked in and found Coolio laying on the floor.
Coolio was pronounced dead on the scene when the friend called EMTs. Jarez earlier stated that paramedics suspected he had a cardiac arrest. The cause of death has still not been determined.
Sheila Finegan, Coolio’s talent manager recently told TMZ, “We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away Wednesday afternoon.”
He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.
According to law enforcement sources, no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at Coolio’s death scene. To determine an official cause of death, an autopsy and toxicology tests will be conducted.
Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., rose to prominence in the late 1980s on the Los Angeles rap scene, but shot to national prominence in 1995 with the release of “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film “Dangerous Minds.”
Coolio was 59 years old when he died. Our condolences go out to his friends and family. May his soul Rest In Peace.