'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio has died after collapsing at friend's house

Stewart Perrie

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'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio has died after collapsing at friend's house

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Legendary rapper Coolio has died after reportedly collapsing at a friend's house.

The 'Gangsta's Paradise' artist's manager has confirmed the 59-year-old's death to Variety.

Manager Jarel Posey also told TMZ that artist was at a friend's property when he excused himself and went to the bathroom.

Concerns were raised when he failed to return and he was found on the floor.

No official cause of death has been revealed.

His breakout hit, 'Gangsta's Paradise', featured in his first album It Takes A Thief in 1994.

It appeared on the soundtrack of the 1995 movie Dangerous Minds, which starred Michelle Pfeiffer.

After that, everything blew up for Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr.

Variety reports 'Gangsta's Paradise' became one of the most popular rap songs of all time.

It was the biggest song of 1995 and sat at number one on the charts for several weeks.

It was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards.

Coolio ended up taking home the gong for the latter accolade. 

The legendary song got spoofed by Al Yankovic, who called his version ‘Amish Paradise’.

Coolio took issue with the spoof and claimed he never gave the artist the rights to remix his song.

However, he admitted they eventually made up and the two made amends.

Coolio's death comes just four days after he posted to Instagram from his latest performance.

The near-19-minute social media upload shows him performing some of his biggest songs, including, of course, 'Gangsta's Paradise'.

More to come.

Topics: Celebrity, Music

Stewart Perrie
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