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Grammy-winning rapper Coolio dies in Los Angeles at 59

file photo: singer coolio performs at the nbc universal summer 2008 press tour in beverly hills
Coolio performing in Los Angeles in 2008

Grammy-winning rapper Coolio died on Wednesday after being found unresponsive at a friend’s Los Angeles home, the New York Times reported. He was 59.

Coolio, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was best known for his 1995 single ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ from an album of the same name.

That song, a massive hit featured in the film \Dangerous Minds’, won a Grammy Award for best rap solo performance the following year.

The rapper died at about 5 p.m. pacific time at a local hospital, his manager Jarez Posey told the Times. Posey told the paper that Ivey had earlier been found unresponsive in the bathroom of a friend’s home.

There were no immediate reports on the cause of death, with speculation that it was due to cardiac arrest.

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