Fans and celebrities have taken to social media to post tributes to Coolio, a Grammy-winning rapper who has passed away at the age of 59.
The death of Coolio, née Artis Leon Ivey Jr., has been confirmed diversity on Wednesday by his longtime manager Jarel Posey, who said the performer died around 5pm local time. He was found by paramedics at a friend’s house, according to TMZ, but a cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Coolio is best known for his 1995 single “Gansta’s Paradise,” which went triple platinum upon its RIAA listing Dangerous Thoughts Soundtrack also reached over 1 billion streams on Spotify. The song surpassed that billboard Hot 100 for three weeks after its release, according to diversityand was nominated for Recording of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards.
Coolio first made his mark as a rapper in 1994 with the release of his debut album. It takes a thief. The album’s lead single, “Fantastic Voyage,” peaked at number three on the charts billboard Hot 100 in the same year, according to Rolling Stone.
News of the rapper’s death online prompted public mourning and a celebration of his legacy.
rappers and actors ice cubes tweeted: “This is sad news. I have witnessed firsthand the struggle of this man at the forefront of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio.”
actor and comedian Martin Lorenz responded to the news on Twitter, sending his “deepest condolences and prayers to @Coolio’s family.”
Coolio was still an active name on touring nationwide, including last Thursday’s Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland along with several other popular 1990’s rappers like Vanilla Ice and Tone Loc.
journalist Carolyn Hinds posted a video of Coolio performing his hit single at the carnival last week and commented, “I’m glad [Coolio] knew that people still cared about him and his music.”
Also, the New York-based online publication Consequence posted a video a recent Coolio appearance on Twitter showing the rapper at Riot Fest in Chicago, Illinois, which took place September 16-18 at Douglass Park.
Other fans shared stories about the beloved rapper on social media, including Andrew Barber, who runs Chicago hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive. Barber tweeted the “rapper’s music has brought a lot of joy to a lot of people,” concluding that the artist was leading a “truly amazing journey.”
Nolan Kingan MMA journalist, released a YouTube video showing Coolio performing an acoustic version of “Gangsta’s Paradise” with several University of Central Lancashire students in 2013. According to the video’s description, Coolio had performed at a club near the UK campus the night before the video and had agreed to meet at the student’s home.
“Never forget the time a bunch of college kids met Coolio and invited him over,” King wrote. “He not only showed up, but cooked them a three-course meal and performed an acoustic Gangsta’s Paradise. Legend.”
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