Famous for his song “Gangsta's Paradise,” US musician Coolio has passed away at the age of 59.
According to his longtime manager, Jarez Posey, the musician was discovered lifeless on the toilet floor of a friend's Los Angeles home.
Although Coolio has been releasing music since the 1980s, it wasn't until 1995, with the release of Gangsta's Paradise, that he truly established himself as a legend in the hip hop world.
On Wednesday, his death was reported, although the reason is yet unknown.
On the other hand, Mr. Posey revealed to TMZ, the news outlet that broke the story, that paramedics suspected he may have had a heart attack.
Coolio (born Artis Leon Ivey Jr.) received a Grammy for his song “Gangsta's Paradise,” which was included on the soundtrack of the movie Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
What Was the Last Movie Played By Coolio?
Coolio was working on the horror movie “It Wants Blood 2” as one of his projects. IMDb says that the plot of the movie is about two huge monsters fighting on the campaign trail. Don Luscious is the name of a character that Coolio plays.
Not much else is known about the project, except that “Weird Al” Yankovic seems to play a character named Melvin Baldron, which is kind of funny.
Putting these two musicians together is interesting because they have worked together in the past. When Weird Al released “Amish Paradise,” a parody of Coolio's big hit “Gangsta's Paradise,” it started a bit of a fight between the two artists. But in 2021, Coolio said he was sorry he had criticized Weird Al's parody at first.
“It Wants Blood 2” was still in production at the time of Coolio's death. So it's unclear whether he finished recording his scenes before his untimely demise. However, one of the rapper's other planned projects has already been completed.
According to the official website, Coolio plays himself in the boxing drama “Bobcat Moretti.” The film, starring Tim Realbuto, is about an obese guy with multiple sclerosis who resolves to alter his life via boxing. Realbuto shed an incredible 154 pounds for the film.
According to the trailer, “Bobcat Moretti” is a film about endurance, which Coolio embraced. When questioned for the movie's marketing video about what perseverance meant to him, the rapper said, “My type of persistence was simply not taking ‘no' for an answer.”
The premiere of “Bobcat Moretti” is set for October 6, 2022, at the Heartland International Film Festival.