Legendary ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio dies – NBC Chicago

Rapper Coolio, best known for his Grammy-winning hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died, his manager has confirmed.

Jarez Posey said it’s possible Coolio, 59, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died of a heart attack on Wednesday in Los Angeles. An official cause of death has not been determined.

Additional details were not immediately available.

The worldwide hit song “Gangsta’s Paradise”, which sold six million copies, won the 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance and was nominated for the Grammy for Best Song of the Year, was also featured in the 1995 film “Dangerous Minds” starring Michel Pfeiffer.

“Global recognition has led Coolio to feature his music in several major films including: Space Jam, Clueless, The Big Payback, Panther, New Jersey Drive, The Jerk Boys, Eddie, Half Baked and many more,” reads on on the Coolio website.

Other popular Coolio songs include “Fantastic Voyage” and “CU When U Get There”.


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