On Wednesday, TMZ reported that Coolio had passed away in Los Angeles.
Hip-hop artist Coolio, the whose given name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., first gained prominence in the 1990s Los Angeles scene.
Song titles he recorded that became hits include “Gangsta’s Paradise,” “Fantastic Voyage,” and “C U When U Get There.”
“Dangerous Minds,” a 1995 film, had “Gangsta’s Paradise” in its soundtrack. Over the course of 12 weeks, the track occupied the top two spots on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. According to Billboard, it recently hit a billion views on YouTube.
According to a story by TMZ, the rapper’s long-time manager claimed that Coolio left to use the restroom at a friend’s house but did not return.
After shouting for him repeatedly, his friend went in and found Coolio lying on the floor.
Coolio died at the age of 59.