The rapper Coolio, who had hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage” in the 1990s, has died, according to his friend and manager Juarez Posey. He was 59.
Coolio died Wednesday afternoon, according to Posey.
Details about what happened were not available right away.
When CNN called the Los Angeles Fire Department, Capt. Erik Scott confirmed that firefighters and paramedics were sent to the 2900 block of South Chesapeake Ave. at 4 p.m. to help with a medical emergency. When they got there, they found a man who wasn’t moving. They tried to wake him up for about 45 minutes.
Scott said the patient was found dead just before 5 p.m.
Coolio’s talent manager Sheila Finegan said in a statement to CNN, “We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who died this afternoon.”
“His talent touched the whole world, and he will be sorely missed. Thank you to everyone worldwide who liked his music and reached out to say something about his death. Please think of and pray for Coolio’s family and friends.”
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips also shared some memories of the artist and said he was sorry for his death.
“I am totally shocked. Coolio was one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve ever known. We had a great time making Red Water together in Cape Town and loved competing in the kitchen. He was unlike anyone else. In a tweet, Phillips said, “Epic, Legendary, and I’ll miss him.”
Matt Bonner, a former NBA player, wrote on Twitter that Coolio was a “huge hoops fan” and that they had spent time together. A few years ago, we had him over for a game… biggest crowd ever to attend a Spurs Overtime show.”
A bio on Coolio’s website says that he grew up in Compton, California.
In 1994, he told the Los Angeles Times about how he got into the drug scene but was able to get out by becoming a firefighter.
In the 1980s, he started rapping and became famous in the underground scene.
The first song that put him on the map was “Fantastic Voyage.”
“Gangsta’s Paradise,” from the soundtrack to the movie “Dangerous Minds,” is one of his most famous songs. It made him a huge star. In 1996, he won a Grammy for the song.
It’s still going strong in the age of streaming. In July 2022, the song had a million views on YouTube, which was a big deal.
In a recent interview, he said, “It’s one of those songs that speaks to people of all ages.” “I didn’t use any popular phrases… I think that made it last forever.”
His website says he has sold more than 17 million records.
Some Millennials love Coolio because he wrote the theme song for the popular Nickelodeon show “Kenan and Kel” and contributed to the album “Dexter’s Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment,” which had songs by different hip-hop artists that were inspired by the Cartoon Network show.
In recent years, being a nostalgic figure has been suitable for Coolio. He has been on TV shows like “Celebrity Cook-Off” and “Celebrity Chopped.”
“Coolio’s Rules,” a show he had on Oxygen, aired 200 times.