‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper Coolio Dead At 59

Rapper Coolio, whose legal name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., passed away on Wednesday, September 28. He was 59 years old at the time of his death.

The rapper, popular for hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” was found dead at his friend’s Los Angeles house on September 28, 2022. Coolio was discovered unresponsive on a bathroom floor. He was pronounced dead by first responders.

Police have opened an investigation into his death, though foul play is not suspected.

Celebrities including Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Martin Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kenan Thompson, LL Cool J, Melissa Joan Hart, MC Hammer, Bret Michaels, Denzel Curry, and LeBron James paid tribute to Coolio following his death.

Coolio had six children. He married Josefa Salinas in 1996, and they divorced in 2000.

Coolio is best known for his 1995 Grammy-winning hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise.” The track is the highest-charting single by Coolio.

The song was listed at No. 85 on Billboard‘s Greatest Songs of All Time and was the number one biggest-selling single of 1995 on Billboard.

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