Gangsta’s Paradise icon Coolio found dead in bathroom at 59

The Gangsta's Paradise star has passed away
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Artist Leon Ivey Jr., known professionally as Coolio, has passed away at age 59. 

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The rapper, known for songs including Gangsta’s Paradise, Fantastic Voyage, and It’s All The Way Live was found unresponsive on the floor of his friend’s bathroom. 

He was announced dead at the scene, no cause of death has been announced. 

The rapper was 59. (Credit: Getty)

According to a TMZ report the musician was in Los Angeles visiting a friend at the time of his sudden passing. 

The rapper’s manager told TMZ that Coolio went to the bathroom and “when he didn’t come after a while” they discovered him on the floor. 

Paramedics on the scene allegedly believe he suffered cardiac arrest.

The rapper was also a dad of ten. (Credit: Getty)

Coolio rose to fame in the mid-90s after his song Gangsta’s Paradise was featured in the Michelle Pfeiffer movie Dangerous Minds

In 1996 he won a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance and an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video.

Gangsta’s Paradise became a number one hit worldwide, staying in the Australian top spot for 14 weeks. 

Coolio also appeared in a number of films including Batman & Robin, Judgement Day and The Big Help

The father of ten also released two reality TV show series titled Cookin With Coolio and Coolio’s Rules.

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