‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper ‘Coolio’ Has Died at Age 59, ’No Foul Play’ Found So Far

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. better known by his rapper name Coolio has died at the age of 59. Coolio was visiting a friend’s home in Los Angeles when he died.

Reports of his death became public this evening after paramedics were called to the home he was visiting around 4 PM PST for a medical emergency. When they arrived EMTs pronounced Coolio dead.

Law enforcement has told TMZ that no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene of his death.

An investigation has been opened into his death, currently, there are no signs of foul play, the corner will make the final determination following an autopsy.

In 1995 Coolio became a household name when “Gangsta’s Paradise” was released for the Michelle Pfeiffer film, “Dangerous Minds”. The song was a #1 hit and he won a Grammy for “Best Rap Solo Performance” for it as well as an MTV award for “Best Rap Video”.

Pfeiffer who starred in “Dangerous Minds” shared her feelings about the loss on Instagram.

“Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio. A life cut entirely too short. As some of you may know I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995. He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack – which I think was the reason our film saw so much success. I remember him being nothing but gracious. 30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family. Rest in Power, Artis Leon Ivey Jr. ❤️”

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