(L.A.) Coolio Died with Multiple Drugs in His System

Case Number: 2022-10326

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 59-year-old Black male that occurred at a private residence.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Artis Ivey Jr.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Effects of Fentanyl, Heroin, and Methamphetamine

Other Significant Conditions: Cardiomyopathy Unspecified; Asthma; Recent Phencyclidine Use

RIP ARTIS LEON IVEY JR. (August 1, 1963 – September 28, 2022)

The decedent was known professionally as the rapper Coolio. He achieved mainstream success as a solo artist in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief, Gangsta’s Paradise, and My Soul.

Coroner's report on Coolio's death

Phencyclidine or phenylcyclohexyl piperidine (PCP), also known as angel dust among other names, is a dissociative anesthetic mainly used recreationally for its significant mind-altering effects. PCP may cause hallucinations, distorted perceptions of sounds, and violent behavior.

Cause of death was made public on April 6, 2023, after results of toxicological testing came back.

Because of the timing of a performance in Australia, where shots were strictly required, it is almost certain that Coolio had received injections of synthetic mRNA.