Rapper Coolio dies at the age of 59

coolan American rapper best known for his 1995 song which topped the charts Gangster’s paradisedied in Los Angeles at the age of 59, his business manager said Wednesday (Thursday morning in Malaysia).

The Grammy-winning musician, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivy Jr., has died in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not immediately determined.

Collio’s friend and long-time manager, Jerez Bossi, confirmed the news to AFP, without providing further details.

Posey told celebrity news site TMZ that an unresponsive Coolio was found in the bathroom of a friend’s house Wednesday afternoon.

Coolio began his rap career in California in the late 1980s, but gained international fame in 1995 when he was released. Gangster’s paradise For the film’s soundtrack dangerous minds.

He received the award for Best Rap Solo Performance for the Track at the following year’s Grammy Awards.

With hook lifted from the Stevie Wonder track in 1976 Heaven’s HobbyThe song has sold millions of copies worldwide, topped the pop charts in 16 countries and became Billboard’s number one single of 1995. – AFP

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