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"Gangsta's Paradise" Rapper Coolio Dead AT 59

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The 90's rapper was at a friends house and passed away suddenly on Wednesday.

Sheila Finegan, Coolio's talent manager, told TMZ, "We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away Wednesday afternoon. He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly. Please have Coolio's loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."

The 59-year-old rapper Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was reported to have been visiting a friend and allegedly had a heart attack in their bathroom. Details are still being investigated but law enforcement said no drugs where found at the scene. An autopsy and toxicology test will be used to determine an official cause of death.

Coolio's longtime manager, Jarez, is who found him in the bathroom when he didn't come out after a while. Friends kept trying to call him with no response before they finally went in and found him on the floor.

"Dangerous Minds" was an iconic staple of a movie for anyone that grew up in the 90's and especially inner city youth who related closely with it's theme.

I met him one time at a show in Charlotte and Coolio was nothing short of humble and kind. He was genuinely gracious and appreciative of his career and life.

RIP Coolio!

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