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Coolio dead at 59: The Gangsta’s Paradise rapper dies after a friend found him lying on the ground

Gone too soon: Rapper Coolio passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59;  Pictured 2016
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Rapper Coolio died on Wednesday at the age of 59.

The musician – famous for his “Gangsta’s Paradise” song on the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds – was visiting a friend on Wednesday afternoon when he was found dead, according to TMZ.

The star’s manager, Jarez, shared that Coolio was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor and paramedics suspected he had gone into cardiac arrest.

Gone too soon: Rapper Coolio passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59;  Pictured 2016

Gone too soon: Rapper Coolio passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59; Pictured 2016

The publication reported that paramedics pronounced Coolio dead on the spot. An official cause of death was not determined.

He is survived by his six children and his ex-wife Josefa Salinas, whom he married in 1996. The former couple split four years later.

Coolio was recently spotted performing on stage during Riot Fest 2022 at Douglass Park on September 18 in Chicago, Illinois.

Sad news: The musician was visiting a friend on Wednesday afternoon when he was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor, according to TMZ;  Pictured 2022

Sad news: The musician was visiting a friend on Wednesday afternoon when he was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor, according to TMZ; Pictured 2022

His death comes just four days after he took to Instagram to share his latest performance in Texas.

He was also spotted at Sydney Airport in early April, where he graciously stopped to take photos with fans before his concert at Luna Park.

The rapper has toured smaller venues across the United States in recent years, performing a string of hits from his back catalogue.

The hip-hop artist — born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. — enjoyed a meteoric rise in the mid-’90s.

Possible cause: The star's manager, Jarez, has shared that paramedics suspect he has suffered cardiac arrest, although an official cause of death has not been determined;  Pictured 1996

Possible cause: The star’s manager, Jarez, has shared that paramedics suspect he has suffered cardiac arrest, although an official cause of death has not been determined; Pictured 1996

The outlandish singer released Gangster’s Paradise in 1995 and the song topped the charts in the US, UK, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

The single itself has sold over six million copies worldwide and is taken from his four-time platinum, Grammy-nominated, 17-track album of the same name.

In May, Pfeiffer recalled sharing a picture taken in 1995 while the two were working on the music video for Gangsta’s Paradise.

Seen this month: Coolio was recently spotted on stage during Riot Fest 2022 at Douglass Park on September 18 in Chicago, Illinois

Seen this month: Coolio was recently spotted on stage during Riot Fest 2022 at Douglass Park on September 18 in Chicago, Illinois

Recent: He was also spotted with a suitcase in hand on September 8, 2022 in Los Angeles, California

Recent: He was also spotted with a suitcase in hand on September 8, 2022 in Los Angeles, California

Pfeiffer starred in the film and played ex-Marine LouAnne Johnson, who works as a high school teacher in a tough neighborhood in California.

Meanwhile, Coolio delivered the smash hit song and was honored with a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance, two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video and Best Video from a Movie, and a Billboard Music Award for the Song / the album awarded.

The singer used religious undertones in the lyrics and said he felt called to do the tune.

Flashback: The hip-hop artist - born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. - enjoyed a meteoric rise in the mid-'90s, topping the US, UK, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand charts;  Pictured 1998

Flashback: The hip-hop artist – born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. – enjoyed a meteoric rise in the mid-’90s, topping the US, UK, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand charts; Pictured 1998

Hit Song: Coolio is perhaps best known for his hit song

Hit Song: Coolio is perhaps best known for his hit song “Gangsta’s Paradise” on the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film “Dangerous Minds”; Still from Dangerous Minds

‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ wanted to be born; it wanted to come to life, and it chose me as its vessel,” he said.

Some of the lines were from Stevie Wonder, who didn’t allow profanity.

Coolio said, “I had some vulgarities … and he wasn’t with it. So I changed it. When he heard it, he thought it was incredible.”

The music video for the song was directed by Antoine Fuqua and featured Pfeiffer reprising her role.

Flashback: In May, Pfeiffer shared a picture taken in 1995 while the two were working on the music video for Gangsta's Paradise

Flashback: In May, Pfeiffer shared a picture taken in 1995 while the two were working on the music video for Gangsta’s Paradise

Unfortunately, Coolio failed to replicate that level of success and garnered little recognition with the following song “I’ll CU When U Get There”.

He later became a chef and even published a cookbook called Cookin’ with Coolio.

He also appeared in an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap in 2013.

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