Coolio, who was among hip-hop's biggest names of the 1990s with hits including Gangsta's Paradise, died on Wednesday at the age of 59.

In 2002, the music legend delivered a memorable performance of Ghetto Square Dance on RTÉ One's Open House - and even some of the show's crew got their moment in the spotlight.

Recalling when he met the late music icon two decades ago, broadcaster Marty Whelan said he remembers him with "great fondness".

Writing on Twitter the RTÉ lyric fm presenter said: "Ah Coolio, I remember him with great fondness.

"To have him dancing with the staff was quite the moment. Which they did willingly. The very idea of introducing Coolio on afternoon television shows you how innovative RTÉ has always been…"

Coolio won a Grammy for Best Solo Rap performance for Gangsta’s Paradise, the 1995 hit from the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds.

The track topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and won Coolio the Grammy award for best rap solo performance in 1996.

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

The rapper also became well-known for his appearances on reality television. He even popped into Ballydung in 2009 to have a chat with Podge and Rodge.

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He came third in the sixth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2009 and went on to join the cast of Ultimate Big Brother the following year, the last series of the show to air on Channel 4.