Coolio, Grammy Award-winning rapper, dead at 59

by Emmanuel Okikiola

Coolio, the legendary West Coast rapper, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 59.

Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Jeffrey Lee confirmed to Fox News Digital that the investigation is “a non suspicious death at this time.”

The musician, whose full name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., found incredible success with the Grammy Award-winning song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” and through his debut album, “It Takes a Thief,” released in 1994 and which featured the song “Fantastic Voyage.”

“Authorities were investigating the death of a male adult, which was reported at 4 p.m. on “the 2900 block of Chesapeake Avenue.”

“The individual that died and the cause of death will be done by the coroner’s office,” a LAPD public information officer said.

Ice Cube, a South Los Angeles native and music icon, tweeted a somber tribute upon learning of Coolio’s death.

“This is sad news,” he wrote. “I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace Coolio.”

Questlove shared a photo of the artist on Instagram and wrote, “Peaceful Journey Brother.”

Coolio was nominated for six total Grammy awards during a decades-long career that began in the late-1980s.

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