LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 21: Rapper/actor Coolio arrives at the Flamingo Go Pool Dayclub at Flamingo Las Vegas on July 21, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
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As revealed by TMZ on September 28, 2022, rapper Coolio has died at the age of 59. Per Jarez, Coolio's longtime manager, he was at a friend's house, where his friend found him lying on the bathroom floor and immediately called EMTs, who pronounced him dead on the scene. The cause of his death is yet to be made public, but it's suspected that he had a cardiac arrest.
Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in 1963 in Monessen, Pennsylvania, Coolio moved to Compton, California, entering the world of rap in the late 1980s. He released his first solo album, "It Takes a Thief," in 1994 and his second album, "Gangsta's Paradise," in 1995. The title track of the latter, arguably his most recognizable track, topped charts across the globe and won several awards.
Coolio went on to release six more studio albums. He landed his first acting gig in a 1995 episode of "Martin," appeared in projects like "Batman & Robin," "Dangerous Minds," and "Joey," and starred in his own reality show, "Coolio's Rules." He also teamed up with the Environmental Justice and Climate Change group as well as the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.