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Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper best remembered for his number-one single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” passed away at the age of 59. TMZ was the first to report his death. His manager, Jarez Posey later confirmed the rapper’s death to Rolling Stone, but no cause of death was offered.

The rapper, whose full name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., first gained notoriety on the Los Angeles rap scene in the late 1980s, but his career really took off in the mid-1990s after Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in the 1995 movie “Dangerous Minds” sampled his song “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

Sheila Finegan, a representative for Coolio says that “We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” . “He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly.”

“Thank you to everyone worldwide who has listened to his music and to everyone who has been reaching out regarding his passing,” the statement continued. “Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

His death was initially reported by TMZ. The rapper’s manager, Jarez Posey, later informed Rolling Stone that he had passed away, but he did not provide a cause of death.

Coolio set great records like “It Takes a Thief,” “Gangsta’s Paradise,” and “My Soul,” Coolio found success. He had travelled to Los Angeles from his native Pennsylvania, first to enroll at Compton Community college before beginning a successful career. His smash tune from his debut album, “Fantastic Voyage,” sampled the song by the same name by Funk group Lakeside. For the song “Gangsta’s paradise,” Coolio won the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1996.

The song by the Funk band Lakeside was sampled on his debut album, “Fantastic Voyage.” In 1994, the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Two weeks prior to his passing, he also gave a performance at Chicago’s Riot Fest.

Along with his colleagues, he would later take part in the first hip-hop charity effort for AIDS with the Red Hot Foundation in 1996, releasing an album to raise funds and awareness of the condition in Black communities.

He also supported persons with respiratory illnesses throughout his life, having lived with asthma his entire life. He admitted in 2016 that he “might have died” after needing to borrow an inhaler from a concertgoer because of an asthma episode.

In his later years, Coolio continued to put out independent music and pursued his interest in cooking by starting a web series called “Cookin’ with Coolio” and a companion cookbook.

Less than two weeks before his passing, he gave a performance at Chicago’s Riot Fest. This weekend, he was supposed to give another performance in Germany.

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