He was one of the legends of American "west coast" hip-hop.

Rapper Coolio, known worldwide for his 1995 hit

Gangsta's Paradise

, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, his manager told the media.

He did not specify the cause of death, but told The

New York Times

that the 59-year-old artist died suddenly while staying with friends.

Coolio – real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr. – was staying with friends at a Los Angeles home when he went to the bathroom.

When he did not return, his friends broke down the door and found him unconscious.

Paramedics arrived but failed to resuscitate him.

He was pronounced dead around 5 p.m.

According to TMZ, the track of a cardiac incident is privileged.

The police did not find any drugs on the spot, specifies the site people, and an autopsy will have to determine the cause of death.

"Gangsta's Paradise", but not only

Originally from Pennsylvania, Coolio began his career in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles, in the late 1980s. But it was not until 1995 that he reached the top of the American charts with

Gangsta's Paradise

, accompanying the release of the film Esprits Rebelles (Dangerous Minds), with Michelle Pfeiffer, also present in the clip.


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Coolio's flow hits home right from the start (As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death/I take a look at my life and realize there's not much left), and the song successfully adapts the chorus of

Pastime Paradise

by Stevie Wonder, here sung by rapper LV

Gangsta's Paradise

will finish in first position of the Billboard top 100 of 1995 (in front of Waterfalls of TLC), a first for rap.

If he is best known for this title, Coolio has had other successes, in particular Fantastic Voyage, which rose to 3rd position on the charts, or

1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin'New)

and

CU When U Get There

.

Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Killer Mike… The tributes are multiplying.

“I believe his song was the main reason for the success of the film.

30 years later, I still get chills listening to it.

Stay in Power,” Michelle Pfeiffer wrote.

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