American rapper Coolio, known for the cult hit Gangsta’s Paradise, died at the age of 59.
His longtime manager Jarez Posey told the American media that the artist was found without signs of life on the bathroom floor of his friend’s house in Los Angeles.
Coolio started making music in the 1980s, but cemented his place in hip hop history when he recorded ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ in 1995. The exact cause of his death has not yet been revealed.
However, Posey told TMZ, which first broke the news, that doctors believe Moda had a stroke. Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., won a Grammy for ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, which was part of the soundtrack to the film ‘Dangerous Minds’ starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
The unforgettable song continues to be a hit and has just passed one billion streams on Spotify, according to its official website.
In 2004, American rapper Coolio was also a guest at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
At the 10th edition of the film festival in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the film “Ta divna splitska no” (“This wonderful evening in Split”) was shown, in which Coolio played one of the roles.
The action of the film directed by Arsen Anton Ostoji takes place in just two hours on New Year’s Eve, from 10 pm to midnight, mostly in Split’s Ghetto, a part of the city inside Diocletian’s Palace. Coolio played the role of Frankie, an American sailor who happened to be in the Ghetto.
This production was part of the Regional Program of the 10th Sarajevo Film Festival, and Coolio was a guest of the festival together with the film crew.
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