The Grammy-winning rapper, who in the 1990s was among the most well-known names in hip-hop, was only partially right. “Gangsta’s Paradise” has remained one of the most-heard songs despite having received over 1 billion plays on both Spotify and YouTube early this year. Coolio has been touring since the album’s release; on Saturday, at the age of 59, he was scheduled to give a performance in Stuttgart, Germany. The musician, on the other hand, died suddenly at a friend’s house in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, his management said.
The precise cause of his death is still unknown. According to TMZ, which first reported the incident, paramedics were called to the home at 4 p.m. after Coolio’s meltdown in the bathroom. He was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene following what seemed to be a heart attack.
Sheila Finegan, who was Coolio’s manager, said that his friends and coworkers are sad about his untimely death.
“He affected the world with the gift of his ability and will be dearly missed,” Finegan said in a statement.
Tribute To Coolio
Following the news of the legendary rapper Coolio’s passing, celebrities have turned to social media to celebrate his life and legacy.
After hearing about Coolio’s passing online, other musicians started lamenting his loss. Continue reading to learn what other artists had to say about the “Gangsta’s Paradise” singer..
— TMZ (@TMZ) September 30, 2022
Michelle Pfeiffer, who starred in the Gangsta’s Paradise music video and the movie Dangerous Minds, was one of the first stars to share a poignant comment about her friend on social media.
“Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist Coolio,” she tweeted. “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.”
Sean Evans said “First CD I ever bought in my life and the most legendary Wing 10 Last Dab these eyes have ever seen RIP Coolio.”
First CD I ever bought in my life and the most legendary Wing 10 Last Dab these eyes have ever seen RIP Coolio pic.twitter.com/Feu3wwe98S
— Sean Evans (@seanseaevans) September 29, 2022
Snoop Dogg shared a photo with Coolio from their 2006 Gangsta Walk collaboration, writing, “Gangstas paradise. R. I. P.”
Also on Instagram, LL Cool J posted a heartfelt message: “Rest in power, my brother Coolio.”
Rest in power my brother .@Coolio Love & Respect
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) September 29, 2022
After hearing the news, Ice Cube responded with the song “Love & Respect.” The news is depressing. I have personally observed this man’s ascent to the top of his profession. In peace, please.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 29, 2022
Martin Lawrence wrote, “My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family of Coolio,” while LeBron James posted ”Coolio“ alongside dove emojis. ”Exactly where he is now! GANGSTA’S PARADISE.“
— Martin Lawrence (@realmartymar) September 29, 2022
Questlove tweeted “Peaceful Journey Brother. #Coolio”
— Dr. Love (@questlove) September 29, 2022
MC Hammer tweeted”One of the nicest dudes I’ve known. Good people. R.I.P. Coolio.”
One of the nicest dudes I’ve known.
Good people. R.I.P. Coolio 🕊 🌹 🕊 pic.twitter.com/yQF9ZonbKA
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) September 29, 2022