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 October 2, 2022

Autopsy fails to determine cause of death for star rapper Coolio

It's not unusual when someone in America dies from a suspected heart attack. What's troubling is when it's a relatively young and healthy person who also happens to be a former superstar.

Grammy-winning rapper Coolio, 59, died suddenly Wednesday, CNN reported. Emergency personnel rushed to a Los Angeles home where the "Gangsta's Paradise" singer lay unresponsive and attempted to revive him to no avail.

The call was made at about 4 p.m. requesting assistance for a male suffering a medical emergency. First responders attempted to revive him for 45 minutes, but by 5 p.m. it was clear he was deceased.

The county coroner performed an autopsy Thursday but could not determine the cause or manner of death. Further investigation is required, but manager Jarez Posey said "he was at a friend's house and was in his bathroom and had a heart attack," NBC News reported.

Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., escaped a life of drugs by becoming a firefighter. "I wasn't looking for a career, I was looking for a way to clean up – a way to escape the drug thing," he said in a 1994 interview.

"It was going to kill me, and I knew I had to stop. In firefighting training was discipline I needed," Coolio said. "We ran every day. I wasn't drinking or smoking or doing the stuff I usually did."

He went on to enjoy fame after his breakout hit "Fantastic Voyage" and arguably gained most notoriety after "Gangsta's Paradise" was used in the 1995 film, "Dangerous Minds." Coolio won a Grammy for both works and brought his music to a younger generation by penning the theme song for Nickelodeon's "Kenan and Kel" television series and performing on the Cartoon Network album, "Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment."

It's still uncertain what killed the iconic rapper, but something cut his life short. Coolio's story is just one of many American tragedies that seem to be happening more frequently these days.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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