Coolio died on Wednesday, which was a bummer. He was 59 years old.
You remember him for hit singles like Fantastic Voyage, 1-2-3-4, and the uber-popular Gangsta’s Paradise, which won him a Grammy.
LOS ANGELES — Rapper Coolio, known for hits including “Fantastic Voyage” and “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died at age 59, his manager confirmed Wednesday evening.
The news was first reported by TMZ.
Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., had a music career that spanned more than three decades.
“As far as what I know now is that he was at a friend’s house and was in his bathroom and had a heart attack,” said his manager, Jarez Posey.
Random Philly-related note here:
Coolio was the halftime performer at Wing Bowl 25, were he did a bunch of his songs in front of 20k:
He did an after party at Cheerleaders, down the street. I was in the “VIP” section for this event. Coolio performed like 3 songs while the strippers were doing their thing and the drunks were pounding Miller Lites at 8:30 in the morning in February. It was quite the experience.
But Coolio seemed like a good sport that particular day. It’s sad to lose another classic rapper. He also did the Kenan and Kel intro and had a long list of television and film cameos, which I don’t think people know about. He dabbled in a lot of things over the course of his career.
— Virgil (@TheRealVirgil) September 29, 2022