Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise rapper, dead at 59

Rapper Coolio has been pronounced dead in Los Angeles

Rapper Coolio died in the afternoon hours local time in Los Angeles, his friend and manager Jarez Posey says. Firefighters and paramedics responded to a call for a medical emergency at 4 p.m. local time. They found an unresponsive male and performed “resuscitation efforts for approximately 45 minutes” The patient “was determined dead just before 5:00 p.,” a fire official says.

Coolio: The Man Behind ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’

Coolio grew up in Compton, California, according to a bio on his official website. His rap career began in the ’80s and he gained fame in the underground scene. His biggest song, “Gangsta’s Paradise,” from the soundtrack to the film ‘Dangerous Minds,’ grew his star power to gigantic proportions. In 1994, he recalled falling into the drug scene but getting himself out by pursuing a career as a firefighter.

Coolio Surpasses 1 Billion YouTube Views For His Theme Song To ‘The Rugrats’

In July 2022, the song reached a milestone one billion views on YouTube. Coolio also has a special place in the hearts of some Millennials for his work on the theme song for the popular Nickelodeon TV series “Kenan and Kel” and his contribution to the album “Dexter’s Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment,” that featured songs by various hip-hop artists inspired by the Cartoon Network animated series.

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