Coolio: Hip-Hop legend and rapper of 'Gangsta's Paradise' classic dies at 59

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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."

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