The ‘gangsta’s Paradise’ Musician Coolio Died at Age 59!
Coolio, the ’90s rapper whose singles “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage” lit up the music charts, has died, his buddy and manager Jarez Posey told CNN. He was 59.
According to Posey, Coolio died Wednesday afternoon. The specifics of the situation were not immediately accessible.
Captain Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department verified to CNN that firefighters and paramedics responded to reports of a medical emergency in the 2900 block of South Chesapeake Avenue at 4:00 p.m. local time. When they arrived, they discovered a man who was unresponsive, and for around 45 minutes they performed resuscitation operations.
The patient was pronounced deceased just before 5:00 p.m., according to Scott.
“We are grieved by the loss of our great friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” Coolio’s talent manager Sheila Finegan said in a statement supplied to CNN.
“He greatly impacted the world with his talent and will be sorely missed. Thank you to everyone around the world who has listened to his music and reached out in response to his passing. Please keep the family of Coolio in your thoughts and prayers.”
In addition to expressing his sympathies, actor Lou Diamond Phillips shared some memories of the deceased artist. “I am completely astonished. Coolio was one of the kindest and funniest people I have ever met. We had a wonderful experience producing Red Water in Cape Town, and we enjoyed competing in the kitchen. He was exceptional. Epic, Legendary, and I’ll miss him,” tweeted Phillips.
Former NBA player Matt Bonner recalls spending time with Coolio, writing on Twitter that the rapper was a “big basketball lover… We hosted him at a game a few years ago… largest crowd in the history of Spurs Overtime concerts.”
A bio on Coolio’s official website indicates that he grew up in Compton, California.
In a 1994 interview with the Los Angeles Times, he recounted falling into the drug scene but escaping by pursuing a career as a firefighter.
He told the publication, “I wasn’t searching for a job; I was looking for a way to clean up – a way to escape the drug situation.” “I knew it would kill me and I had to quit. In firefighting, I required discipline via training. We exercised daily. I was not drinking, smoking, or engaging in my typical activities.”
In the 1980s, he launched his rap career and rose to prominence in the underground scene. “Fantastic Voyage” was the first song that brought him to prominence.
Perhaps his most popular song, “Gangsta’s Paradise,” from the soundtrack of the film “Dangerous Minds,” catapulted him to superstardom. In 1996, he received a Grammy for the song.
In the streaming era, it has continued to exist. In July of 2022, the song surpassed one billion YouTube views.
In a recent interview, he remarked, “It is one of those tunes that crosses decades.” “I didn’t use any jargon… I believe that it made it timeless.” According to his website, Coolio has sold more than 17 million records over his career.
Coolio also holds a special place in the hearts of some Millennials due to his work on the theme song for the popular Nickelodeon TV series “Kenan and Kel” and his contribution to the album “Dexter’s Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment,” which featured songs inspired by the Cartoon Network animated series.
In recent years, Coolio reaped the benefits of being a nostalgic character, making appearances on television programs such as “Celebrity Cook-Off” and “Celebrity Chopped.” In 2008, he had a show on Oxygen called “Coolio’s Rules.”