Gangsta's Paradise Rapper Coolio Dead At 59

Gangsta's Paradise Rapper Coolio Dead At 59


Rapper Coolio, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr., has died. He was 59.

The recording artist, who reached superstar heights in 1995 with his haunting track Gangsta’s Paradise, was found unresponsive Wednesday night at a friend’s Los Angeles home, this according to TMZ.

His official cause of death is of course still unknown, but paramedics reportedly believe he died of cardiac arrest. Jarez, the Compton native’s manager, says Coolio was visiting a friend in El Lay Wednesday afternoon when, after being alone in the bathroom for some time, the friend started to become concerned. EMTs were called to the house around 4 p.m., and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

So f**king tragic. 59. That’s still too young!!!

No foul play is suspected, but officials have opened a death investigation.


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