In Pictures: Gangsta’s Paradise rapper Coolio has died aged 59

Coolio, who was one of the biggest names in hip-hop of the 1990s with hits like Gangsta’s Paradise, died Wednesday at the age of 59.

he US rapper, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died at a friend’s house in Los Angeles.

Coolio’s manager at Trinity Artists International, Sheila Finegan, confirmed the death to the PA news agency.


Coolio became known for his hit song Gangsta’s Paradise (Zak Hussein/PA) in the 1990s.

Coolio won a Grammy for Best Solo Rap Performance for Gangsta’s Paradise, the 1995 hit from the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds.

During his career, which began in the late 1980s, he was nominated for five more Grammys.


Coolio was a contestant on Ultimate Big Brother (Channel 4/PA Wire)


Coolio at the 1997 Mobo Awards (Adam Butler/PA)

The rapper also became known in Great Britain through his appearances on reality television.

He finished third in the sixth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2009 and the following year joined the cast of Ultimate Big Brother, the show’s final series to air on Channel 4.


Chantelle and Coolio at the Ultimate Big Brother House (Channel 4/PA)


Coolio was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 4/PA) in 2009

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Coolio on the big screen as he enters Celebrity Big Brother’s home at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire (Yui Mok/PA)


Celebrity Big Brother House (Channel 4/PA)


Celebrity Big Brother roommates Tommy Sheridan and Coolio (PA)


Celebrity Big Brother housemates (left to right) Coolio, Terry Christian and Tommy Sheridan during the King for a Day assignment (Channel 4/PA)

The rapper was born in Pennsylvania but later moved to Compton, California, where he released his first single in 1987.

He recorded Gangsta’s Paradise for the 1995 film Dangerous Minds with Michelle Pfeiffer and it became one of the highest-grossing rap songs of all time.

The track topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and earned Coolio a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. In Pictures: Gangsta’s Paradise rapper Coolio has died aged 59

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