Reports: Coolio dead at 59
LOS ANGELES — Rapper Coolio, known for hits including "Fantastic Voyage" and "Gangsta’s Paradise," has died at the age of 59, his manager confirmed Wednesday evening.
The news was first reported by TMZ.
The entertainer, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., had a music career that spanned more than three decades.
"As far as what I know now is that he was at a friend’s house and was in his bathroom and had a heart attack," his manager Jarez Posey said.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Coolio won a Grammy for Gangsta’s Paradise, which was released in 1995 and spent three weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 list.
He shot to fame with “Gangsta’s Paradise” and won a Grammy for best solo rap performance the following year.