Gangsta’s Paradise rapper Coolio dead at 59

Coolio, the rapper who was one of hip-hop’s biggest stars in the 1990s with hits including “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” died Wednesday at the age of 59, according to his management.

Coolio died at the house of a friend in Los Angeles, according to longtime manager Jarez Posey. The reason was not immediately apparent.

Coolio won a Grammy for best solo rap performance for “Gangsta’s Paradise,” a 1995 hit from the soundtrack of Michelle Pfeiffer’s film “Dangerous Minds” that sampled Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song “Pastime Paradise” and was often aired on MTV.

The Grammy, and the pinnacle of his notoriety, arrived in 1996, during a bitter war between the two coasts’ hip-hop communities, which would soon cost the lives of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.

Coolio managed to keep mainly out of the fray.

“I’d want to claim this Grammy on behalf of the whole hip-hop country, West Coast, East Coast, and global,” he declared from the stage as he took the trophy.

Coolio was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, south of Pittsburgh, and later relocated to Compton, California. His mother relocated him to Northern California as an adolescent because she thought the city was too unsafe.

He was married to Josefa Salinas from 1996 to 2000. They had four children together.

In interviews, he stated that he began rapping at the age of 15 and knew by the age of 18 that it was what he wanted to do with his life, although he would attend community college and work as a volunteer fireman and in airport security before committing himself full-time to the hip-hop scene.

His career took off with the publication of his debut album, “It Takes a Thief,” on Tommy Boy Records in 1994. Its first single, “Fantastic Voyage,” would peak at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

With its ominous beginning lyrics, “Gangsta’s Paradise” will become a No. 1 song a year later:

“As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I look back on my life and realize there’s not much left, ’cause I’ve been blastin’ and laughing for so long, that my mother believes my mind is gone.”

Coolio stated in an interview at the time that he was not pleased with Yankovic’s 1996 “Gangsta’s Paradise” spoof, “Amish Paradise.” However, the two later reconciled.

The rapper would never have another song as large as “Gangsta’s Paradise,” but he did have following successes with “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” (1996) and “C U When U Get There” (1997).

According to Luminate, his lifetime album sales were 4.8 million, with 978 million on-demand plays of his tracks. He’d be nominated for six Grammys in all.

And with his distinct demeanor, he would become a cultural classic, occasionally acting, starring in a parenting reality program called “Coolio’s Rules,” and supplying a voice for an episode of the cartoon show “Gravity Falls.”

He had a few run-ins with the law, including a 1998 conviction in Stuttgart, Germany, for punching a boutique shop owner when she tried to stop him from removing products without paying. He received six months probation and a $30,000 fine. He was detained at Los Angeles International Airport in 2009 after being caught in possession of crack cocaine. He was caught in 2016 at the same airport for reportedly attempting to carry a loaded handgun through security.

1. What was Coolio’s Net Worth?

Coolio was a Grammy-winning American rapper and actor who had a net worth of $1.5 million at the time of his death.

2. How did Rapper Coolio Die?    

Rapper Coolio died due to Cardiac arrest.

3. At what age did Rapper Coolio Die?  

Rapper Coolio passed away at the age of 59.




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