Coolio dead: “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper died at 59


“Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper Coolio has died at 59

29.09.2022, 05:57

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Coolio performs during the halftime break of an NBA basketball game in Arizona State.

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The US rapper Coolio, who became known in the 1990s with the hit “Gangsta’s Paradise”, is dead. The cause of death is unclear.

Berlin. The US rapper Coolio is dead. He died at the age of 59 years in Los Angeles, as his manager Susan Heber announced on Wednesday. She did not initially provide information on the cause of death. Coolio’s friend and longtime manager Jarez Posey confirmed his death. The cause of death was initially unknown. Celebrity website TMZ had told Posey Coolio was found unconscious in the bathroom at a friend’s house on Wednesday afternoon.

The US rapper and Grammy Award winner who released the hit in the 1990s „Gangsta’s Paradise“ became known, was 59 years old.

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Coolio dead: dismay at the death of the musician

The rapper’s sudden death sparked consternation in the music community. “Peaceful journey, brother,” wrote drummer and rap musician Questlove (51) on Instagram. This is “sad news”, rapper Ice Cube (53) posted on Twitter. He himself witnessed Coolio’s rise to the top of the industry.

Coolio started his career in Compton, California, a borough of Los Angeles that hosts a number of big West Coast rappers like Dr. Dre or Ice Cube spawned. The musician, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., landed in 1995 „Gangsta’s Paradise“ a number one hit.

The song, which was also featured on the soundtrack of the film Dangerous Minds, earned him a Grammy. Coolio also had success with songs like “Fantastic Voyage” and “I Remember”. He has also appeared in TV series and films such as Batman & Robin and Dracula 3000.

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The rapper had repeatedly run into trouble with the law for illegal possession of drugs and weapons. He was also on trial in Germany in 1998. At that time he was sentenced to six months probation and a fine for being an accessory to robbery and assault. (afp/dpa/fmg)

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