Legendary hip hop artist Coolio has reportedly passed away Wednesday evening in Los Angeles at the age of 59.

Via TMZ:

Coolio died Wednesday in Los Angeles .
… TMZ has learned. The rapper who achieved enormous success in the 90s was visiting a friend late Wednesday afternoon when he passed away.

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.

We’re 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, who’s 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
recorded “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the
soundtrack of the film,” Dangerous Minds.
The song was reached #1 and stayed there 3
weeks. Coolio was 59.

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