‘Gangster’s Paradise’ Singer, Coolio, Dies at 59

American singer, Artis Leon Ivey Jr, better known as Coolio, has died at the age of 59.

The passing of the rapper who took the music history by storm with hits like “Gangster’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” was confirmed by his friend and manager Jarez Posey.Posey, in his conversation with CNN, said Coolio died Wednesday afternoon.

When contacted by CNN, Capt. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that firefighters and paramedics responded to a call on the 2900 block of South Chesapeake Ave. at 4 p.m. local time for reports of a medical emergency. When they arrived, they found an unresponsive male and performed “resuscitation efforts for approximately 45 minutes.”

The patient “was determined dead just before 5:00 p.m.,” Scott said.

“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” a statement provided to CNN from Coolio’s talent manager Sheila Finegan said.

“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.”

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