The hip-hop world is mourning the loss of Coolio tonight.
The ’90s rapper, known for his hit songs “Gangsta Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” was found lying on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles, his manager Jarez Posey told CNN. Paramedics were called and Coolio was pronounced dead at the scene.
Posey told TMZ that paramedics believe Coolio died of cardiac arrest. The official cause of death has not been announced yet.
This is sad news. I see firsthand the grind of this man at the top of the industry. rest in peace @ coolio https://t.co/vCeyn08Vsi
— ice cube (@icecube) September 29, 2022Coolio’s career
Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ive Jr., was born on August 1, 1963. He grew up in Compton, California, becoming involved in the west coast rap scene of the 80s and 90s. In 1994, Coolio released his first solo album, It Takes a Thief. The album went platinum upon the success of the hit single “Fantastic Voyage”.
Coolio made his next smash hit in 1996 with the release of “Gangsta’s Paradise”, from the soundtrack to the film Dangerous Minds. Rap earned him a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. This song has been downloaded more than a billion times on YouTube.
Coolio has also appeared as an actor throughout his career, appearing in TV shows such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Nanny, and Gravity Falls. He was also a regular on reality TV, with guest appearances in Celebrity Cook Off and Celebrity Big Brother.
Coolio will always be remembered for turning a clever phrase. Here are some of his best quotes over the years.
As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I take a look at my life and realize that there is not much left
They say I need to learn, but there is no one to teach me. If they don’t understand, how can they reach out to me?
Life is too short not to have fun; We are here only for a short time compared to the Sun and the Moon.
Gather your kindness and turn it into ambition.
Life is a big game so you have to play it with a big heart.
Hell, when I was growing up, I could cook a meal out of a package of Top Ramen and a bottle of Windex.