Rapper Coolio, who won a Grammy, dies at 59; Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and others pay respect.

Rapper Coolio from Gangsta’s Paradise passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59, according to a statement from his manager.

Rapper, producer, and actor Coolio passed unexpectedly on Wednesday. He was best known for the 1995 smash song Gangsta’s Paradise. His age was 59. According to Variety, his longtime manager Jarel Posey confirmed the news of his passing. Following a notification from the rapper’s manager regarding his passing, condolences to the artist began to flood in.

“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon. He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be profoundly missed. 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,” the statement released by the late rapper’s manager read, according to Variety.

Coolio rose to prominence as one of the most well-known rappers of the 1990s because to the success of his song Gangsta’s Paradise, which was used in the Michelle Pfeiffer-starring 1995 movie Dangerous Minds. At the Grammy Awards, the song was nominated for record of the year and best rap solo performance, winning in both.

Coolio’s industry peers also shared touching tributes on social media as his followers shared their grief over his passing. “This is horrible news. I witness first-hand this man’s slog to the top of the industry. Rest in Peace,” tweeted Ice Cube. “Gangstas paradise. R. I. P.” said Snoop Dogg in an Instagram post.

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