Artis Leon Ivey Jr. better known as Coolio, the notorious 1990s rapper known for multiple hit songs passed away on Wednesday September 28th, 2022. He leaves behind an incredible musical legacy that will never be forgotten, and his children outlive him. Was Coolio married at the time of his death? Here’s what you should know about Coolio’s wife and kids.
Was Coolio married at the time of his death?
CNN reports Coolio died at the age of 59 and the cause of death was not immediately disclosed. Capt. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department told the publication that firefighters and paramedics found Coolio unresponsive. They attempted resuscitation for “about 45 minutes,” but to no avail.
“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” Coolio’s talent manager Sheila Finegan told CNN.
So did Coolio have a wife at the time of his death? Apparently he died without a spouse, although he was married to a woman named Josefa Salinas in the past. Salinas and Coolio married in 1996 and divorced four years later in 2000.
Who was Coolio’s wife Josefa Salinas?
The Sun reports that Coolio’s wife, Josefa Salinas, met the rapper “Gangsta’s Paradise” in 1987. The couple dated for about a decade before tying the knot.
It seems that Salinas also had ties to the music industry. The publication reports that she gained a following working as a broadcast personality on radio stations such as KQIE-FM, HOT 92.3 and Power 106. She worked in radio for over 30 years and gave to several charities related to Latinos, children, and women. Former President Barack Obama previously presented her with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Roseanne Barr interviewed Coolio and Salinas during their marriage. At the time, Salinas spoke of her “music bus,” which served as a studio on wheels for children.
Now Salinas appears to be working as a commissioner in Los Angeles, since Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed her to the position in 2018.
Today, Salinas has an active social media presence. She posts inspirational quotes on her Instagram, with her last post on August 25, 2022.
It’s unclear what exactly happened between Coolio and his wife for them to end it. They haven’t shone the spotlight on their divorce.
How many children did they have together?
How many children did Coolio and his wife Josefa Salinas have together?
The Sun reports they had four children together – Artisha, Brandi, Jackie and Artis. However, as many as 10 children are reported to survive Coolio.
Coolio spoke to People about raising three of his daughters. “I pay the bills, I make the rules,” he noted. Speaking of dating, the rapper warned that men are better off treating the women in his life with respect. “I don’t sit and watch her, but the other day when I walked into the living room and Artisha was sitting on a guy’s lap, I was like, ‘Oh fuck no,'” he said. “She just sat there, so I took one of the legs off the pool table and said, ‘You better get up.’ She said, ‘I’m 20 years old!’ I thought you better get a 20 year old house then!”
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