Coolio’s death shocks longtime celebrity friends, fans of the ‘Gangsta’ singer


Fans and fellow industry peers were stunned by the news that Coolio passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59. Coolio died from a suspected cardiac attack. Coolio was born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Pennsylvania on August 1, 1963. He later moved to Compton in California where he signed with Tommy Boy Records and released his debut album. “It Takes a Thief.”Coolio was made famous by the 1995 publication of “Gangsta’s Paradise,”A song that was featured in “Dangerous Minds”Winner of the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.

Coolio’s success grew after the mid-’90s. “Gangsta’s Paradise,”He eventually recorded the song. “Aw, Here It Goes!”Nickelodeon’s Kenan & Kel. In the series, he also appeared. His third album was released in 1997. My SoulThe single was included in the. “C U When U Get There,”It reached No. It reached the No. 12 position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Coolio’s platinum album was his last with Tommy Boy. However, he released five studio albums in 2001., 2002’s El Cool Magnifico, 2006’s The Return of the Gangsta, 2008’s Steal Hear2009, and. The Top 2 are the Bottom. Celebrities, collaborators and others who knew him best offered condolences and sympathy. Here are some initial responses.

“One of the nicest dudes”

MC Hammer, a fellow 90s rapper, has sent his condolences via Twitter. “One of the nicest dudes I’ve known. Good people. R.I.P. Coolio.”


“A gift for making street tales mainstream”

Biz Markie, the rap legend, posted a fitting tribute for the late artist. “RIP Coolio, whose one massive hit overshadowed a formidable run of classic West Coast bangers. An original member of the Maad Circle & Compton representative – with an undeniable star quality, humor, charisma, and a gift for making street tales mainstream without sanitizing them.”


“I witnessed this man’s struggle to the top firsthand”

Ice Cube, an actor and peer from the industry, tweeted. “This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio.”


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