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Coolio Dies at 59

Coolio, an American rapper, is dead.

 The rapper who achieved enormous success in the 90s was visiting a friend late Wednesday afternoon when he passed away.

Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, says Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come out after a while … the friend kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found Coolio lying on the floor.

Newsmen learned that Coolio died Wednesday in Los Angeles learned.

The friend was reported to have called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead on the scene.

 Jarez told newsmen that the paramedics suspected he suffered cardiac arrest but the official cause of death has not been determined.

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., came up on the L.A. rap scene in the late 80s, but blew up nationally in 1995 when he released “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film, “Dangerous Minds.”

In the meantime, police have opened an investigation into the cause of his death, however, sources say the coroner will make a final determination following an autopsy.

He was aged 59.

TMZ.com/ Oluwayemisi Owonikoko

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