Rapper Coolio Found Dead at 59


Rapper Coolio was found dead on a friend’s bathroom floor today from what appears to have been a heart attack. The rapper, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., had been visiting a friend when he went to the bathroom and didn’t come out.

The friend knocked on the door repeatedly and finally went in and found Coolio lying unresponsive on the floor. When paramedics arrived, they announced him dead on the scene.

Coolio shot to stardom in the mid-90s with a bevy of hits, including “Gangsta’s Paradise,” 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New),” “It’s All the Way Live (Now), and “Fantastic Voyage.”

Coolio married industry vet and radio DJ Josepha Salinas from 1996 to 2000. He was the father of six children.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 31: Rapper/actor Coolio performs at halftime of a game between the Connecticut Sun and the Las Vegas Aces at Michelob ULTRA Arena on May 31, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Aces defeated the Sun 89-81. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


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