Coolio, an American rapper, died in Los Angeles at the age of 59, according to numerous news reports. On September 28, the star’s manager, Jarez Posey, confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, while Sheila Finegan, the manager of Trinity Artists International, made a statement to Variety. The reason for his death is still unclear.
Coolio was a millionaire at the time of his death
Coolio was born on August 1, 1963 in Monessen, Pennsylvania, before migrating to Compton, California. His father was a carpenter and his mother worked in a factory, according to the 59-year-old musician. Artis Leon Ivey Jr., the rapper’s real name, attended school in Compton before enrolling at Compton Community College.
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Coolio’s net worth was $1.5 million at the time of his death, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Coolio used to work in airport security and as a volunteer firefighter before becoming a full-time hip-hop artist. Working with a fire department helped him “clean up” for good, according to the rapper. In a 1994 interview with the Los Angeles Times, he stated:
“I required discipline in firefighting training.” We ran every day. I didn’t drink, smoke or do the things I normally do.”
Watcha Gonna Do, the rapper’s first hit, could be heard locally on a hip-hop station in the late 1980s. He then collaborated with WC and the Maad Circle and contributed to their 1991 first album, Ain’t a D*mn Thing Changed. With the release of his first album, It Takes a Thief, in 1994, Coolio shot to fame, with the song Fantastic Voyage reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
His greatest effort, however, was Gangsta’s Paradise, which earned him a 1995 Grammy nomination for Best Solo Rap Performance. The song was sampled from Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song Pastime Paradise and was taken from the soundtrack of the 1995 film Dangerous Minds. The rapper has received five Grammy Award nominations during his career. This year, his iconic song, Gangsta’s Paradise, reached a billion views on YouTube, prompting him to create a video for his fans to commemorate the occasion. He says in the video:
“I want to thank everyone for all their support and affection over the years.” I hope I helped you get through some good and some terrible moments.”
In addition to music, the rapper was also an actor and appeared in several movies and TV shows. According to his IMDb page, the rapper has starred in a number of films, including Martin, The Parent ‘Hood, Dangerous Minds, Dear God, Batman & Robin, The Nanny, Malcolm & Eddie, Midnight Mass, Big Brother, Submerged, Gangland, Candy steal, a wonderful night in Split, Star-ving and Nina. He also created a culinary show and wrote a cookbook, which expanded his fan base. As mentioned before, his cause of death is uncertain, but he presumably died at a friend’s house.
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