Hollywood actress Michelle Pfeiffer has paid tribute to US rapper Coolio following his death aged 59.
The musician, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr. and who was responsible for the 1990 hit Gangsta’s Paradise, died on Wednesday afternoon.
He recorded the song for the 1995 film Dangerous Minds with Pfeiffer and it became one of the most successful 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.
Pfeiffer, 64, said she was “heartbroken” when she heard the news of his death, adding that she remembered him as “nothing but gracious” when they worked together.
“Heartbroken to hear of the death of gifted artist @coolio,” she wrote on Instagram, sharing a clip of the film with the track.
“A life cut way too short.
“I remember he was nothing but lovely. 30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song.
“Sending love and light to his family. Rest in the Force, Artis Leon Ivey Jr.”
Coolio’s manager at Trinity Artists International, Sheila Finegan, confirmed the death to the PA news agency.
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“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” the agency said in a statement.
“He touched the world with his talent and we will miss him dearly.
“Thank you to everyone around the world who has listened to his music and to everyone who has reached out about his death.
“Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”
According to the US media portal TMZ, the rapper was found lifeless on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles.
His other well-known songs included CU When U Get There, and he also wowed his followers with his passion for the kitchen when he released his recipe book Cookin’ With Coolio in 2009.
In addition to his successful music career, he is known in the UK for his appearances on the Channel 4 reality show Big Brother.
The rapper finished third in the sixth series of UK Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, losing to broadcaster Terry Christian, who finished second, and presenter and model Ulrika Jonsson, who won.
But along with Jonsson, he joined the cast of Ultimate Big Brother the following year in 2010, the show’s final series to air on Channel 4.
Jonsson told PA his death came as a “shock” but the pair shared “so many laughs” together.
“I spent quite a bit of time with Coolio – he was a misogynist, broke a lot of wind; He thought he was a chef but my god we had so many laughs,” she said.
The rapper was born in Pennsylvania but later moved to Compton, California, where he released his first single in 1987.
Gangsta’s Paradise was also parodied by US musical comedian Weird Al Yankovic as Amish Paradise, although it was claimed at the time Coolio didn’t give him permission to do so.
However, Coolio stated in interviews that the couple have since made amends.
Yankovic paid his respects to Coolio with a brief tribute on social media.
He shared a picture of the couple hugging and wrote, “RIP Coolio.”
Widely known for fusing the world of mainstream pop music with hip-hop, Coolio became a household name on LA radio after graduating from college, but his career as an artist took off after his collaborations with WC and the Maad Circle on the album Ain’ 1991 t A Damn Thang.
Other credits in the television world include a cameo on the TV series Phat Beach, a role in 1997’s Batman And Robin, and providing the theme song for the teen comedy Kenan And Kel.
After news of his death broke, officials at Chicago’s Wrigley Field played the hit and Coolio’s Fantastic Voyage across the stadium as the hometown Cubs hosted the Philadelphia Phillies.
Coolio was nominated for five more Grammys during his career, which began in the late 1980s.
Heavyweights from the rap world including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and MC Hammer paid their respects after the news was shared on social media.
Former NWA star Ice Cube said he witnessed Coolio’s “grinding to the top of the industry” in his own tribute.
“This is sad news,” the rapper and actor wrote on Twitter.
“I saw firsthand how this man rose to the forefront of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio.”
MC Hammer described Coolio as “one of the nicest guys I know” as he shared a picture of the pair alongside Tupac and Snoop.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/michelle-pfeiffer-remembers-coolio-as-nothing-but-gracious-following-his-death-42025864.html Michelle Pfeiffer remembers Coolio as “nothing but gracious” after his death.