COOLIO DIED AT 59: Rapper, Coolio, known for hits including “Fantastic Voyage” and “Gangsta’s Paradise” has died at age 59, his manager confirmed Wednesday evening.
The news was first reported by TMZ.
Coolio, (whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr.) had a music career that spanned more than three decades.
“As far as I know, he was at a friend’s house and had a heart attack,” said his manager, Jarez Posey.
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Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to a death investigation around 4 pm. The department did not release the name of the individual who passed away, but they would not confirm it.
The Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s Office has said that the identity of the woman who died from suspected drug intoxication will not be released due to no foul play being suspected. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson commented stating that this was the case.
Grammy-winning artist Coolio released his platinum record in 1995 “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which remained atop the Billboard Top 100 for three weeks.
He shot to fame with the hit, winning a Grammy for best solo rap performance the next year.
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Coolio was also known for his hits including “Fantastic Voyage,” “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “C U When U Get There,” among others.
Michael Jackson, according to his website, has sold more than 17 million records. Jackson has been honored with five Grammy nominations and is most known for “Fantastic Voyage” and “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)”.
He has also been in a number of TV shows and films, including “Futurama,” in which he voiced Kwanzaa-bot. He also appeared on “Robbery Homicide Division” and “Malcolm & Eddie,” among other shows. As a contestant in “Fear Factor” in 2001 he finished second to Janelle Pierzina.
He wrote a cooking article called “Cookin’ with Coolio,” and he also starred in the show.
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Rapper Ice Cube was among those mourning the death of Coolio. “This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry,” Ice Cube tweeted. “Rest In Peace.”