Iconic rapper Coolio dies at 59 who was best known for Gangsta's Paradise
Coolio, whose legal name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was found unresponsive Wednesday afternoon
While visiting a friend's house, and emergency personnel were called after he didn't come out of the bathroom,.
Although the cause of death has not been established, an inquiry is still underway.
As word of Coolio's passing spread, condolences from admirers, friends, and other hip-hop celebrities flooded social media.
Coolio became a household name in the 1990s and was nominated for six Grammys, winning the award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996 for "Gangsta's Paradise,"
The song, which interpolates Stevie Wonder's 1976 song "Pastime Paradise," is listed on Billboard's 100 greatest songs of all time.
Coolio and L.V. were joined by Stevie Wonder in a legendary performance of "Gangsta's Paradise" at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards.
He also became known as an actor who appeared in multiple movies and TV shows over the past two decades, including "Judgment Day," "Daredevil," "The Green Hornet" and "Pain & Gain.
He also wrote and performed "Aw, Here It Goes," the theme song for "Kenan & Kel," the popular comedy sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000.