Artis Leon Ivey Jr. professionally known as Coolio was an American rapper, record producer, and actor.
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Coolio was born on August 1, 1963. He was 59 years old when he died on September 28, 2022.
Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta’s Paradise (1995), and My Soul (1997). He was best known for his 1995 Grammy Award-winning hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise”, as well as other singles “Fantastic Voyage” (1994), “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” (1996), and “C U When U Get There” (1997).
He provided the opening track “Aw, Here It Goes!” for the 1996 Nickelodeon television series Kenan & Kel. From 1996 on, Coolio released albums independently. He also created a web series titled Cookin’ with Coolio and released a cookbook. Ivey originally rose to fame as a member of the Gangsta rap group WC and the Maad Circle alongside WC and his brother, Crazy Toones.
Coolio had six children. He married Josefa Salinas in 1996, and they divorced in 2000.
Cause of Death
While at a friend’s house on September 28, 2022, Coolio was discovered unresponsive on a bathroom floor. First responders pronounced him dead on their arrival. Police have opened an investigation into his death, though foul play is not suspected, and Coolio’s manager stated he appeared to have suffered a cardiac arrest.
His net worth was $1.5 Million.
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