Coolio Dead at age 59


“Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper, Coolio. Photo from Pitchfork

Coolio, “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper, died at age 59 on September 28th, 2022. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but the paramedics at the scene suspect that it’s cardiac arrest. As of October 14th, Coolio’s son, Artis Ivey III, told The US Sun that his father died of a heart attack. An investigation by the Police was opened and foul play was not suspected.

Coolio’s manager, Jarez Posey, told The New York Times that he died at a friend’s house. Coolio’s family told investigators that he struggled with “severe asthma” which could have contributed. His friends have also spoken out to pay their tributes on social media. Michelle Pfeiffer posted “Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio. A life cut entirely too short” on Instagram, under a clip of the music video she made a cameo in. Rapper LL Cool J also posted a tribute saying, “Rest in power my brother. @coolio Love & Respect.”

Coolio gained success in the 1990s as a mainstream artist He has four albums released: It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta’s Paradise (1995), My Soul (1997), and El Cool Magnifico (2002). Coolio was best known for his hit single and album “Gangsta’s Paradise”. The song won Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammys in 1996 and was on Billboard’s Hot 100 for three weeks in 1995.