Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper, Has Died

Coolio, the rapper best know for his iconic single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died at the age of 59.

TMZ broke the news citing the rapper’s longtime manager. They report that Coolio died from cardiac arrest on Wednesday, September 29th. At the time of his death, he was at a friend’s house, according to his manager. The rapper went to the bathroom and never returned. His body was later found laying on the floor. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Though the rapper had several hit songs throughout his career, such as “Fantastic Voyage” and “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New)” his most notable song is 1995’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” The song, which appeared on the soundtrack for the film Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer, spent three weeks at No. 1 and earned a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. It was also famously parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic as “Amish Paradise.”

If you grew up watching Nickelodeon you may also remember him writing and performing the theme song for Kenan & Kel. During his career, he released eight studio albums with his final being From the Bottom 2 the Top in 2009.

Two weeks prior to his death, Coolio performed at the 2022 edition of Chicago’s Riot Fest.

Our thoughts go out to Coolio’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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