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Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper, 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,

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Coolio died at the house of a friend in Los Angeles, according to longtime manager Jarez Posey.

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How did Rapper Coolio Die?

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 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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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