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‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper Coolio Dead At 59

Rapper Coolio died on Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to reports. He was 59.

The Grammy winner was found dead while he was in the bathroom at a friend’s house, TMZ reported.

According to the outlet, the rapper, whose legal name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was visiting a friend late Wednesday afternoon and went to the bathroom. After staying inside for an extended period, the friend went inside and found him on the floor.

Coolio’s manager, Jarez Posey, confirmed the rapper’s death to Rolling Stone but did not provide further details.

The friend reportedly called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced the musician dead on the scene from what they suspected was a cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been stated.

An LAPD spokesperson said Wednesday evening that the department was conducting a death investigation at an address in the West Adams neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles but could not disclose the identity of the deceased.

The death did not appear suspicious and the case was handed over to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, the spokesperson said.

Coolio, a Los Angeles area native, is best known for his 1995 Grammy-winning hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which topped the U.S. charts that year and remains one of the bestselling singles of all time.

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