Coolio is dead, the rapper’s rep confirmed. The “Gangsta’s Paradise” artist was 59.
Grammy Award winner Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was visiting a friend when he suddenly passed away. His longtime manager Jarez PoseyTMZ Rolling StoneHours later.
Coolio went to the bathroom, Posey revealed to TMZ, and his friend grew concerned when the rapper was indisposed for an extended period of time and didn’t respond to his name being called. Coolio was found on the floor by an unidentified friend.
An ambulance was called and EMTs pronounced the “C U When U Get There” performer dead on the scene. Posey stated that paramedics believed Coolio died from cardiac arrest. Unofficial cause of death has not been determined.
Coolio was a married man to Josefa SalinasFrom 1996 to 2000. They had four children together, Brandi, Jackie, Jackie, and Artis, who costarred on the 2008 reality show. Coolio’s Rules.
Coolio recorded eight solo studio albums from 1994 to 2009. He also became a movie star, appearing in 1997’s Batman & RobinContrary George ClooneyAs the Dark Knight Get over itWith Kirsten Dunst2001 Ben Affleck‘s 2003 Daredevil movie. He also made memorable appearances on the small screen. Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Nanny, CharmedAnd Teachers.