Rapper Coolio dies at age 59

Coolio has “touched the world” with his talent and will be “deeply saddened” after his death at age 59, his manager said.

The American rapper, responsible for the 1990s hit song Gangsta’s Paradise, passed away on Wednesday afternoon.

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

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and customer, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” the agency said in a statement shared with PA.

“He touched the world with his gift of talent and will be deeply missed.

“Thank you to everyone around the world who listened to his music and to everyone who has been in contact with his passing.

“Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

The rapper was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s home in Los Angeles, according to US media outlet TMZ.

In addition to a successful music career, Coolio is also known in the United Kingdom for appearing on Channel 4’s reality TV show Big Brother.

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The rapper placed third on the sixth series of UK Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, losing to broadcaster Terry Christian, who came in 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 airing on Channel 4.

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, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, and it became one of the most successful rap songs of all time.

The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and earned Coolio a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance of 1996.

The song was also parodied by American musical comedian Weird Al Yankovic as Amish Paradise, although at the time it was assumed that Coolio had not given him permission to do so.

However, Coolio stated in interviews that the couple made amends.

Yankovic paid tribute to Coolio with a brief tribute on social media.

Sharing a picture of the couple hugging, he wrote: “RIP Coolio”.

After news of his death was announced, officials at Wrigley Field in Chicago played the hit song as well as Coolio’s Fantastic Voyage throughout the stadium, as the hometown Cubs hosted the Philadelphia Phillies

Coolio was nominated for five other Grammy Awards in a career that began in the late 1980s.

Heavyweight contenders from the rap world, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and MC Hammer, paid tribute to him after the news was shared on social media.

Former NWA star Ice Cube said he’s watched Coolio “rise to the top of the industry” in his own tribute.

“This is sad news,” the rapper and actor wrote on Twitter.

“I have witnessed this man’s success to the top of the industry first hand. Rest In Peace @Coolio.”

MC Hammer described Coolio as “one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known” as he shared a snap of the couple with Tupac and Snoop.

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