Collio, the ’90s rapper who lit up the music charts with songs like “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” has died, his friend and manager Jarez Posey told CNN. He was 59 years old.
Bussey said Collio died Wednesday afternoon.
Details of the circumstances were not immediately available.
When contacted by CNN, Captain Eric Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that firefighters and paramedics responded to a call on the 2900 Building of South Chesapeake Ave at 4 p.m. local time to report a medical emergency. When they arrived, they found an unresponsive man and did “resuscitation efforts for about 45 minutes”.
“The patient’s death was determined to be just before 5 p.m.,” Scott said.
“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” Coolio talent director Sheila Finnigan told CNN.
“He touched the world with his talent and he will be sorely missed. Thank you to everyone who listened to his music around the world and to everyone who reached out to him regarding his death. Please keep Koleo’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips also offered his condolences as he recounted some memories with the artist.
“I’m absolutely stunned. Coolio was a friend and one of the warmest and funniest people I’ve met. We had a great time together making Red Water in Capetown and loved going head-to-head in the kitchen. It was so unique,” Phillips said in a tweet.
Former NBA player Matt Bonner also mentioned his time with Collio, saying in a Twitter share The rapper was “a huge hoops fan… we hosted him at a match a few years ago… the biggest crowd ever at a Spurs Overtime party.”
Coolio was raised in Compton, California, according to his autobiography Official Website.
Talking to Los Angeles Times 1994remembers falling into a drug scene but exits by pursuing a career as a firefighter.
“I wasn’t looking for a job, I was looking for a way to clean up – a way to get away from drugs,” he told the publication. “He was going to kill me and I knew I had to stop. In firefighting training it was the discipline I needed. We ran every day. I wasn’t drinking or smoking or doing the things I normally do.”
His rap career began in the 1980s, and he gained fame in the underground scene.
“A Wonderful Journey” was the first song that really put him on the map.
Arguably his biggest single, “Gangsta’s Paradise,” from the soundtrack to the movie “Dangerous Minds,” his star power has grown to gigantic proportions. He won a Grammy Award in 1996 for the song.
In the age of broadcasting, go live. In July 2022, the song reached a milestone 1 billion views on youtube.
He said recently, “It’s one of those kinds of songs that transcend generations” an interview. “I didn’t use any fashionable words…I think they made them timeless.”
Over the course of his career, Coolio has sold more than 17 million records, according to his website.
Coolio also holds a special place in the hearts of some millennials for his work on the theme song for the popular Nickelodeon TV series “Kenan and Kel” and his contribution to the album “Dexter’s Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment,” which featured songs by several hip-hop artists inspired by the series. Cartoon Network Animation.
In recent years, Coolio has enjoyed the perks of being a nostalgic personality, appearing on TV shows like “Celebrity Cook Off” and “Celebrity Chopped”.
He also gave a show in Oxygen called “Coolio Rules” that aired in 2008.