Mumbai: Rapper Coolio of Gangstas Paradise fame has died at the age of 59. According to media reports, his manager confirmed the news. He gained particular popularity due to his iconic song ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’. Coolio’s body was found at his friend’s house. Her body was found in the bathroom of a friend’s home in Los Angeles. Coolio died Wednesday, though his cause of death has not yet been released.
Cooley began producing music in the 1980s. But when he recorded Gangstar’s Paradise in 1995, he made a name for himself in the hip-hop world. He has built a reputation as an amazing rapper. Coolio’s real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr. He received the ‘Grammy Award’ for ‘Best Rap Solo Performance’ for ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’. This soundtrack was used in Michelle Pfeiffer’s film Dangerous Minds. His songs are widely heard. According to its website, it has recently been streamed over a billion times on Spotify. Cooley also received five other Grammy Awards.
Following Coolio’s death, fans have been expressing their grief on social media. Cooley has given 4 decades of his life to this industry. He has won an American Music Award and three MTV Video Music Awards during his career. Fantastic Voyage, Rollin’ With My Homies, 1,2,3,4 and Too Hot are also some of his popular songs.
He was on tour even before this tragic incident. He was touring with 90s artists Vanilla Ice and Young MC. He gave a performance in Texas two days ago. These artists are also saddened by such a sudden death of a close friend.