“Gangsta’s Paradise” singer Coolio was confirmed dead at the age of 59 by TMZ. According to the media outlet, paramedics were called to a home located in Los Angeles near 4 P.M. for a medical emergency. When paramedics arrived on the scene, Artis Leon Ivey Jr. more commonly known as Coolio was pronounced dead.
Per TMZ‘s report, Coolio was confirmed dead by law enforcement officers just recently. So, there may not be tons of information available surrounding the rapper’s death. Still, fans of the “Gangsta’ Paradise” singer wonder if his cause of death has been revealed or speculated just yet. Here’s what has been reported regarding his death.
“Gangsta’s Paradise” singer Coolio dead at 59
Presently, police told TMZ there is an open investigation into Coolio’s cause of death. Investigators, however, do not believe Coolio’s cause of death is related to foul play as there were reportedly no signs of it at the scene. An official cause of death will be determined after the coroner performs an autopsy.
Per Coolio’s manager Jarez, the singer was at a friend’s house when he died. His manager tells TMZ the rapper went to the bathroom and never came back out. Coolio’s friend called out to the rapper several times before eventually entering the bathroom when he received no response. Coolio was discovered on the floor of the bathroom.
After finding the singer on the floor, Coolio’s friend called for medical assistance. Jarez tells TMZ the paramedics believe Coolio’s cause of death was a cardiac arrest. This, however, has not been officially confirmed.
As fans of the rapper know, his real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr. He first surfaced in the L.A. rap scene during the late 80s. It, however, wasn’t until 1995 that he made a name for himself when he released his song called “Gangsta’s Paradise” as part of the soundtrack for Michelle Pfeiffer’s movie Dangerous Minds. “Gangsta’s Paradise” rose to #1 where it stayed for three weeks.
Rest in peace, Coolio (Artis Leon Ivey Jr).
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