US rapper Coolio, who is best known for the classic song Gangsta's Paradise, has passed away at age 59.

According to his longtime manager Jarez Posey, the musician was discovered unconscious on the bathroom floor of a friend's home in Los Angeles.

Coolio began recording music in the 1980s, but it wasn't until he released Gangsta's Paradise in 1995 that he became firmly established in the annals of hip hop.

Coolio's death on Wednesday is still being investigated for its exact reason.

The paramedics thought he might have experienced a heart arrest.

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was the real name of Coolio.

Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio, which was featured on the soundtrack for the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds, received a Grammy.

According to his official website, the haunting single has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify.

During his four-decade career, Coolio released eight studio albums and received an American Music Award and three MTV Video Music Awards.

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