Gangsta’s Paradise Rapper Coolio Drops Dead at 59 after ‘Suffering Cardiac Arrest’

Rapper Coolio, best known for his 1990s hit song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has been found dead after dying suddenly at the age of 59.

The music star, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles at around 4 pm on Wednesday.

EMTs pronounced Coolio dead on the scene and an autopsy is now underway to establish the official cause of death.

However, law enforcement sources shared that “no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene” and they do not suspect foul play.

Paramedics suspect that Coolio “suffered a cardiac arrest,” according to the star’s longtime manager, Jarez.

According to TMZ, Coolio, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr., went into the bathroom at his friend’s house and did not come out until he was found dead lying on the floor:

Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, says Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come after a while … the friend kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found Coolio laying on the floor.

We’re told the friend called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead on the scene — and Jarez tells us the paramedics suspect he suffered cardiac arrest.

An official cause of death has not been determined.

Coolio launched to international stardom in 1994 when his song “Gangstas Paradise” became a chart-topping pop culture sensation, staying at number 1 for three weeks.

The song was the cornerstone of the soundtrack for Michelle Pfeiffer’s hit 1995 movie Dangerous Minds.

He also provided the intro song for the Nickelodeon show Kenan and Kel.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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