Coolio died Wednesday (September 28) in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 59 years old.

According to TMZ, who first reported the news, the rapper, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was found dead on the bathroom floor of his friend’s house, and paramedics initially suspected he had suffered a cardiac arrest. However, an official cause of death has not yet been determined. Billboard has contacted its representatives for more information.

Coolio placed six hits on Billboard Hot 100 song chart, including the No. 1 smash “Gangsta’s Paradise,” featuring LV, from the film Dangerous minds. The single spent three weeks atop the chart in 1995 and finished as the year-end No. 1 song on the Hot 100. It also ruled the Hot Rap Songs chart for 11 consecutive weeks. The track would go on to win the Billboard Music Award for Single of the Year and a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. In 2021, “Gangsta’s Paradise” was among the 100 Best of All Time Hot 100 Songs.

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All five of Coolio’s other Hot 100 hits all reached the top 40, including his breakthrough single, “Fantastic Voyage,” which peaked at No. 3 in 1994. He also scored a top 10 hit with “1, 2, 3, 4 ( Sumpin’ New)” in 1996, which climbed to No. 5.

On it Billboard 200 album charts, he had a trio of entries, including two top 10s: It takes a thief (No. 8 of 1994) and Gangsta’s paradise (No. 9, 1996).

Coolio also had a television career, and often made guest appearances on shows including Sabrina the teenage witch, Black Jesus, Everything, Nurse and Futurama. He also participated in a number of competition shows such as Fear factor and Rachael vs Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

Following the news of his death, a number of stars took to social media to mourn the loss of hip hop large. “Peaceful Journey Brother,” Questlove wrote while Hot Ones host Sean Evans shared, “The first CD I ever bought in my life and the most legendary Wing 10 Last Dab these eyes have ever seen.”

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