Rapper Coolio, author of ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ dies

  • The artist died at a friend’s house due to a heart attack at the age of 59

coolie rapperone of the musicians most representative of the urban scene of Los Angeles and 1990s hitmaker ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ dies this Wednesday at the age of 59, confirmed his representative.

The musician died in the afternoon at a friend’s house, who, after verifying that he did not go out or answer his calls, went to look for him in the bathroom and found him died of a heart attack, according to his representative Jarez Posey. “What I know is that she was at a friend’s house, he went to the bathroom and died of a heart attackPosey explained in statements collected by the NBC network.

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Coolio, whose original name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., rose to fame in the 1990s as one of the biggest names in California rap. His peak of success came in 1995, when he released the song ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ as part of the ‘Dangerous Minds’ soundtrack, which became one of the songs on rap most popular up to that date, led the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 3 weeks and won a grammy award. The theme had such an impact on pop culture that it even had a satire, ‘Amish Paradise’ by Weird Al Yankovic, whose lyrics were totally contrary to the original.

The rapper was born in 1963 in the state of Pennsylvania, but moved to the south of Los Angeles at the end of the 1980s to start his musical career with the publication of the album ‘It Takes a Thief’, from which singles like ‘Fantastic Voyage’ and ‘It Takes a Thief’. Among the albums he subsequently released, ‘My Soul’, ‘Coolio.com’, ‘El Cool Magnifico’ -with nods to the Latino community of Los Angeles-, ‘The Return of the Gangsta’, ‘Steal Hear’ and ‘From the Bottom 2 the Top’. Parallel to music, Coolio also participated in the audiovisual world with more than 100 credits in series and moviesas well as publishing the ‘Cookin’ with Coolio’ cookbook and show.

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