Rapper, and actor Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr. has died. The music pioneer according to reports from TMZ and Variety, and confirmation to both media entities from his Jarez Posey his longtime manager. The music star/actor was reportedly found unresponsive at a friend's home. He reportedly was visiting a friend in L.A. and went into the restroom and never came out. Around 4 pm Wednesday evening 911 was called, paramedics arrived and tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. Coolio was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The leadoff single "Fantastic Voyage" took his career straight to the top and climb to #3 on Billboard. The Compton MC dropped several albums and 22 singles however, "Gangsta's Paradise" is by far his biggest hit to date. The album and single alone earned him 3 of the 5 Grammy nominations throughout his career. He was also one hell of an actor. Coolio starred in at least 16 movies Batman & Robin in 1997, Red Water in 2003, Dracula 3000 in 2004, and many others.

Coolio, was performing right up until his time died. He just did a set last month at the Riot Fest in Chicago. The cause of death has not been confirmed, but according to his manager, it is believed to have been cardiac arrest. Sheila Finegan, his manager at Trinity Artists International, released a statement to Variety saying in part,

“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon. He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly,” Finegan continued. “Thank you to everyone worldwide who has listened to his music and to everyone who has been reaching out regarding his passing. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

Our condolences to his family, friends, and fans. May he rest in power.

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