Famed 90s raper and actor Coolio has reportedly died at the age of 59. Coolio, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was best known for his hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise” was pronounced dead shorlty after a “medical emergency” call was made according to the Associated Press.
While an investigation is underway, it is not believed that foul play was involved. However, news was reported by TMZ, who say that the rapper’s death is currently being investigated as a possible overdose. An official cause of death will be determined after an autopsy and toxicology test.
Coolio was born in Compton, California and began his musical career in the early 1980s as a part of the rap group, WC and the Maad Circle. He released his first solo album in 1994 with the hit single “Fantastic Voyage” before skyrocketing to fame the following year with “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
Despite his past, the rapper will be forever known for his 1995 hit record, “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which won a Grammy for Performance of the Year. He is also known for his roles in the films “Dangerous Ground” and “The Specialist.” He also made several appearances in other hit 90s movies such as Batman and Robin and Judgment Day, as well as cameos in popular TV shows such as Martin and Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.
Coolio is survived by his five children. His death comes as a shock to many, as he was reportedly still performing and touring up until his death.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.