His manager, Jarez Posey, informed US media that he was discovered lifeless on the toilet floor of a friend’s LA home.
Known by his birth name Artis Leon Ivey Jr., Coolio won a Grammy for his song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which featured prominently on the soundtrack of the film Dangerous Minds and was released in 1995.
Pfeiffer, who played the lead, expressed her “heartbreak” at the news.
On Wednesday, he passed away, although the reason for his passing is unknown.
Despite this, Mr. Posey revealed to TMZ, which initially reported the event, that paramedics suspected he may have had a heart attack.
Trinity Artists International manager Sheila Finegan expressed sadness, saying, “He impacted the world with the gift of his ability and will be missed terribly.” Coolio was signed to Trinity Artists International.
Pfeiffer claimed that the Coolio song was “the reason our picture received so much success,” adding that she still gets “chills” every time she hears it.
She posted a clip from the song video in which she glares at the hip-hop singer while he raps and comments, “Heartbroken to learn of the great musician Coolio’s demise,” on Instagram.
An unnecessarily brief existence, she went on. Nothing except graciousness comes to me when I think of him.
Dangerous Minds featured Pfeiffer as an ex-Marine turned teacher at a challenging inner-city school where she ran a trial program for gifted but underachieving students.
A haunting cut by Coolio from the album “Pastime Paradise,” which borrows a chorus from a Stevie Wonder song, became one of the most successful rap songs of all time and a significant factor in the public acceptance of rap music.
According to his website, it has recently topped a billion streams on Spotify, proving its continued popularity.
An excerpt from the Bible, “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” is recited by Coolio at the beginning of the song’s first verse, before the singer launches into a heartfelt confession in which he questions his own and others’ acts and whether or not he will “live to see 24.”
Nearly £85m (£78m) was made from the film internationally, and the song became the highest-selling hit in the United States that year; Coolio also won a Grammy for best rap solo performance.
Snoop Dogg paid tribute to the late rapper online by playing a clip from their 2006 collaboration, “Gangsta Walk,” and posting a photo of the two of them on the shoot of the music video.
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Another well-known rapper and actor, Ice Cube, said: “That’s terrible news. While Vanilla Ice wrote, “I’m freaking because I just learned my close buddy Coolio passed away,” I was there to see firsthand how hard this man worked to get where he is today. “
One of the most pleasing people I’ve known, MC Hammer, said about Coolio.
“In a word, good. Said goodbye to Coolio, “he said, uploading a monochrome photo of the rapper beside a subsequent picture of themselves with Tupac and Snoop Dogg.
For his part, Oscar-winning musician and filmmaker Questlove tweeted, “Peaceful Journey, Brother.”
Flavor Flav, a fellow rapper, announced that he and Coolio were supposed to “perform together on Tuesday,” with Flavor Flav calling Coolio “the West Coast Flavor Flav… He liked telling everyone that.”
Rest in power, sang singer Debbie Harry, while “love and respect” were rapped by rapper LL Cool J. Al Yankovic, a musician, shared a photo on his Instagram account where he can be seen standing next to the late rapper.
RIP Coolio pic.twitter.com/Z53f3n6HDU
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) September 29, 2022
Although Coolio’s musical career began in the 1980s, the release of Gangsta’s Paradise genuinely established his legacy.
Though he was born in Pennsylvania, he spent most of his formative years in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, where his rap career would blossom.
According to The Black Names Project, he got his rap name after a buddy asked him, “Who do you think you are, Coolio Iglesias?”
Before fully committing to hip-hop, he served as a volunteer fireman in the San Jose region.
He explained his motivation as a “means to clean up” in a 1994 interview with the Los Angeles Times. He finally found the discipline he was seeking at a firefighting school. “Every day, we would go for a run. I didn’t engage in my normal vices, such as drinking and smoking.”
Coolio turned down the opportunity to be labeled a gangster rapper in favor of becoming an all-around performer.
He’s a great producer and actor in hundreds of movies and TV series, including the 2009 UK edition of Celebrity Big Brother.
And he’s found a way to share his enthusiasm for cooking with the world through his book and web series, Cooking with Coolio.
With a career spanning four decades, he has released eight studio albums and won three MTV Video Music Awards in addition to an American Music Award.
Fantastic Voyage, Rollin’ With My Homies, 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New), and Too Hot were some of his other popular songs.
Coolio was on tour with other 90s musicians like Vanilla Ice and Young MC when he passed away; they had just played in Texas days before.
Coolio’s ex-wife, Josefa Salinas, is the mother of his four children from a 1996 marriage that ended in divorce. There was a delay in obtaining an entire family tree for him.
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