American rapper, actor and record producer Coolio has died today in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. Hey what 59.
Coolio reportedly passed away suddenly while visiting a friend. The official cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Artis Leon Ivey, Jr., known professionally as Coolio, began his music career in the late 1980s but rose to international stardom in 1995 when he released “Gangsta’s Paradise,” one of the most acclaimed hip hop songs of all time. time. The song was recorded for Michelle Pfeiffer’s 1995 high school drama Dangerous Minds and subsequently appeared on Coolio’s second studio album of the same name.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper was also an actor with a long list of appearances and cameos in movies and television.
Coolio had been performing in the US as part of the I Love the ’90s Tour alongside Vanilla Ice, Color Me Badd, Young MC and more.