American rapper Coolio has died at the age of 59 after been found unresponsive in a friend’s house in Los Angeles.
It is reported that Coolio went to the bathroom at the house but when he didn’t come out after a while, the friend kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found Coolio laying on the floor.
The exact cause of his death is not yet known but paramedics believed he may have had a cardiac arrest and he was dead at the scene.
No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene of Coolio’s death. An autopsy and toxicology test will be used to determine an official cause of death.
Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr, came up on the L.A. rap scene in the late 80s but became well known after his hit song, Gangsta’s Paradise became a worldwide success.
Gangsta’s Paradise reached #1 and stayed there for 3 weeks. He won a Grammy for the song which was part of the soundtrack for the movie Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
The track continues to be popular and has just passed a billion streams on Spotify, according to his official website.
Coolio had several others hit songs, including “Fantastic Voyage” — which hit #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 — as well as “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “It’s All the Way Live (Now).”