Iconic Grammy-winning rapper Coolio, best known for his hit “Gangstas Paradise,” died on Wednesday while visiting his friend in Los Angeles.
According to TMZ, Coolio, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr., went into the bathroom of his friend’s house and only came out when he was found dead on the floor.
Jarez, Coolio’s old manager, says that Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come after a while…the friend kept calling him and finally went inside and found Coolio lying on the floor .
We were told the friend was called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead at the scene – and Jarez tells us the paramedics suspect he may have gone into cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been established.
Coolio became internationally famous in 1994 when his song “Gangstas Paradise”, for the vehicle starring Michelle Pfeiffer dangerous settings, became a pop culture hit, staying at No. 1 for three weeks. He also provided the intro song for the Nickelodeon show Kenan and Kel.
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