Coolio, the US rapper best known for the chart-topping 1995 song Gangsta's Paradise, has died aged 59, his manager has said.

The US rapper, responsible for 1990s hit song Gangsta's Paradise, died on Wednesday afternoon his manager at Trinity Artists International, Sheila Finegan, confirmed.

"We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon," she said in a statement.

Coolio performs at Riot Fest 2022 on 18 September in Chicago

"He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly.

"Thank you to everyone worldwide who has listened to his music and to everyone who has been reaching out regarding his passing.

"Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."


Watch: Coolio dances with RTÉ staff on Open House in 2002


The rapper was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles, according to US media outlet TMZ.

The rapper was born in Pennsylvania, but later moved to Compton, California, where he released his first single in 1987.

He recorded Gangsta's Paradise for the 1995 film Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, and it went on to become one of the most successful rap songs of all time.

The track topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and won Coolio the Grammy award for Best Rap Solo performance in 1996.

Pfeiffer said she was "heartbroken" to hear the news of his death, adding that she remembered him as "nothing but gracious" when they worked together.

"A life cut entirely too short.

"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."

Coolio was nominated for five other Grammys during a career that began in the late-1980s.

Heavyweights from the rap world, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and MC Hammer, paid their respects to him after the news was shared on social media.

Former NWA star Ice Cube said he had witnessed Coolio's "grind to the top of the industry" in his own tribute.

"This is sad news," the rapper and actor wrote on Twitter.

"I witnessed first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio."

MC Hammer described Coolio as "one of the nicest dudes I’ve known" as he shared a picture of the pair together with Tupac and Snoop.

Source: Press Association