Sad news this Wednesday evening as TMZ reports that Coolio has passed away at the age of 59.
“The rapper who achieved enormous success in the 90s was visiting a friend late Wednesday afternoon when he passed away,” explains the site.
“Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, says Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come after a while … the friend kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found Coolio laying on the floor.”
Coolio, who became a household name in the 90s, appeared in a handful of horror movies including Leprechaun in the Hood (2000) and Mike Mendez’s neon-soaked classic The Convent (2000) alongside Bill Moseley. He can also be seen in the 2004 Darrell Roodt-directed Dracula 3000.
TMZ was told the friend called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead on the scene — “and Jarez tells us the paramedics suspect he suffered cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been determined.
“Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., came up on the L.A. rap scene in the late 80s, but blew up nationally in 1995 when he released ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ for the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film, Dangerous Minds.”
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