Rapper Coolio Dies At 59

 Sad news from the music industry, veteran  rapper and actor  Coolio has passed away. Coolio, real name Artis Leon Ivery Jr. passed away on the 28th of September at a friend's house in Los Angeles,  after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was 59.

Coolio, who released eight studio albums between 1994 and 2009, was best known for "Gangsta's Paradise" (sampling Stevie Wonder's 1976  "Pasttime Paradise") released in his 1995 album of the same name. It earned him a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance, two MTV Video Awards and one Billboard Music Award. "Gangsta's Paradise" ranked 85 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time list and and the  number one biggest-selling single  on U.S. Billboard in 1995. It was used as the main soundtrack for the drama film, "Dangerous Minds", which starred Michelle Pfeiffer, featuring as her film character in the music video. Singer Weird Al Yankovic parodied the song in 1996. 

Coolio was also known for "C U When You Get There", (from his 3rd studio album, "My Soul") which was used as a soundtrack for the 1997 comedy "Nothing To Lose", starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. The song ranked  12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and 7 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. He also rapped the theme song of the Nicklelodeon sitcom, "Kenan and Kel", starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell from 1996 to 2000. He had roles in several films, including "Batman and Robin",  and had a shortlived  reality show, "Coolio's Rules" in 2008. Coolio is survived by his 6 children and  ex wife, Josefa Salinas. Rappers,  actors and actresses, have paid tribute to their late comrade via social media. 

From M.C Hammer- 'One of the nicest dudes I’ve known. Good people. R.I.P. Coolio.'

From Ice Cube - 'This is sad news, I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio.'

From Martin Lawrence- 'My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family of @coolio #rip,'

From Michelle Pfeiffer- 'Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio, a life cut entirely too short. As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to work with him on "Dangerous Minds" in 1995. He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack - which I think was the reason our film saw so much success. I remember him being nothing but gracious. 30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family. Rest in Power, Artis Leon Ivey Jr. ❤️.' 



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