‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper Coolio Dies Suddenly at 59 💉

What happened to Coolio?

Coolio, the rapper whose smash hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” sent him to international stardom, died Wednesday. He was 59.

He died at a friend’s Los Angeles home. The cause was not immediately known.

When the friend went to check on Coolio — whose legal name was Artis Ivey Jr. — he found him unresponsive on the floor. First responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

His manager told TMZ the paramedics believe he died from cardiac arrest.

His death came as a shock — just 10 days earlier he performed a 30-minute set at Riot Fest in Chicago.

Coolio rose through the rap game in Los Angeles in the 1980s, but he became a national name with the No. 1 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” in 1995.

Though he’d spent most of his life in the titular gangster’s paradise, Coolio rejected the “gangsta rap” description at the height of his fame.

Born Aug. 1, 1963, in Pennsylvania, Coolio grew up in Compton, California.


In March, Coolio performed in Australia. At that time, tourists who wanted to visit Down Under were still required to declare their vaccination status.

The condition is, you must be double vaccinated to come to Australia,” then-prime minister Scott Morrison said in February when he announced that the country was finally reopening to tourists. “That’s the rule. Everyone is expected to abide by it.


RIP COOLIO (1963-2022)