Legendary rapper and hip-hop artist Coolio died on Wednesday in Los Angeles when visiting a friend.
The rapper who achieved enormous success in the 90s was visiting a friend late on Wednesday afternoon when he passed away.
Coolio's longtime manager, Jarez, says Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend's house, but when he did not come out after a while, the friend kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found Coolio laying on the floor.
According to TMZ, the friend called the ambulance, who arrived and pronounced the rapper dead on the scene -- and Jarez said that the paramedics suspect he suffered cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been determined.
Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., came up on the L.A. rap scene in the late 80s, but blew up nationally in 1995 when he released "Gangsta's Paradise" for the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film, "Dangerous Minds."
Over a career spanning four decades he recorded eight studio albums and won an American Music Award and three MTV Video Music Awards.
His other hits included Fantastic Voyage, Rollin' With My Homies, 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New), and Too Hot.
He was active right up until his death - Coolio was in the middle of a tour with other 90s stars including Vanilla Ice and Young MC, and they performed in Texas just a few days ago.
"I'm freaking out I just heard my good friend Coolio passed away," Vanilla Ice wrote on Twitter.
Snoop Dogg referenced the deceased rappers world-famous track in his own tribute, writing: "Gangstas paradise. R I P."
He also shared a picture of the two posing on the set of the music video for Gangsta Walk, a track they collaborated on in 2006.
"This is sad news. I witness first hand this man's grind to the top of the industry," fellow rapper and actor Ice Cube said.
MC Hammer described him as "one of the nicest dudes I've known".
"Good people. RIP Coolio," he wrote, sharing a black and white picture of the rapper, and later posting a second picture of the pair together, along with Tupac and Snoop Dogg.
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