According to his buddy and manager Jarez Posey, Coolio, a rapper from the 1990s who had successes including “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” has passed away. He was 59. Posey said that Coolio passed away on Wednesday afternoon. The events’ specifics weren’t immediately known.
When consulted by CNN, Capt. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department stated that at 4 p.m. local time, reports of a medical emergency were received on the 2900 block of South Chesapeake Avenue. When they got there, they discovered a man who wasn’t breathing, so they started doing “resuscitation efforts for approximately 45 minutes.”
The patient “was determined dead just before 5:00 p.m.,” disclosed Scott.
“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” stated a statement that Sheila Finegan, Coolio’s talent manager, gave to CNN. “He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly. Thank you to everyone worldwide who has listened to his music and to everyone who has been reaching out regarding his passing. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”
As he recalled certain memories with the artist, actor Lou Diamond Phillips also expressed his sorrow. According to Coolio’s website, he sold over 17 million records throughout his career.