By Reagan Sempijja
Early this morning, September 29, American rapper Artis Leon Ivey Jr, alias Coolio, has been pronounced dead by long-time manager Jarez Posey, at the age of 59.
Coolio died while at his friend’s home in Los Angeles, California, United States. It is still not yet clear what caused his death, but according to Posey, “the rapper was found unresponsive in a bathroom at a friend’s house”
Posey also insinuated that Coolio could have suffered from a cardiac arrest, hence his demise. However, it is also known that the Compton-born rapper has battled with Asthma all his life, the same ailment nearly taking his life during a stage performance in 2016.
Coolio’s music journey began in the 80s, but could only make his breakthrough in the mid-90s, after releasing Gangster’s Paradise, a sound track for the movie Dangerous Minds.
The song was such a hit, at the time, that it won Coolio a Grammy award for Best Rap Solo performance in 1996, and well over one billion streams on Spotify, so many years later.
If you do not remember any of his music, at least you should remember his signature sprouting cornrows that defined his looks for years.