West coast rap legend Coolio dies aged 59, manager tells media

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The rapper Coolio died astatine the property of 59 successful Los Angeles, his manager has confirmed.

The artist, whose existent sanction is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, passed distant astatine a friend’s house, his longtime manager, Jarez Posey, told the Associated Press.

A origin of decease was not instantly confirmed.

Coolio is champion known for his 1995 azygous Gangsta’s Paradise, for which helium won a Grammy for champion solo rap performance. The runaway deed came from the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer movie Dangerous Minds and sampled Stevie Wonder’s 1976 opus Pastime Paradise.

He was nominated for 5 different Grammys during a vocation that began successful the precocious 1980s.

Born successful Monessen, Pennsylvania, southbound of Pittsburgh, Coolio moved to Compton, California, wherever helium went to assemblage college. He worked arsenic a unpaid firefighter and successful airdrome information earlier devoting himself full-time to hip-hop.

His vocation took disconnected with the 1994 merchandise of his debut album, It Takes a Thief, connected Tommy Boy Records. Its opening track, Fantastic Voyage, would scope No 3 connected the Billboard Hot 100.

A twelvemonth later, Gangsta’s Paradise would go a No 1 single, with its haunting opening lyrics: “As I locomotion done the vale of the shadiness of death/ I instrumentality a look astatine my beingness and recognize there’s not overmuch left/ ’cause I’ve been blastin’ and laughin’ truthful agelong that/ adjacent my mama thinks that my caput is gone.”

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