Coolio | Obituary


Obituary – Coolio – Artis Leon Ivey Jr. – Gangsta’s Paradise Artist

Coolio, whose legal name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., achieved mainstream superstardom and critical success with “Gangsta’s Paradise” in 1995. The track, which featured the singer L.V., spent three weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 and was later named the chart’s No. 1 song of the year. It won the Grammy for best rap solo performance in 1996.

The song, later certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, outshone the movie it was featured in, “Dangerous Minds.” Its music video won best rap video and best video from a film at the MTV Video Music Awards.

  • Died: September 28th, 2022
  • Details of death: suspected cardiac arrest.


Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was born on Aug. 1, 1963. He grew up in Compton, Calif., a place known for producing some of hip-hop’s most successful artists, such as Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar.

He told The Independent in 1997 that as a child, he would play board games with his single mother, to whom he later dedicated his success. After a turbulent youth — the bookish, asthmatic child became a teenage gang member, juvenile offender and drug addict — Coolio worked as a volunteer firefighter.

In his 20s, he moved to San Jose to live with his father and fight fires with the California Department of Forestry, The Ringer reported. There, he became more spiritual. He later credited Christianity for helping him overcome his addiction to crack.


Reflecting on his career

Reflecting on his career, and on the success of “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Coolio told Rolling Stone in 2015 that he was on tour in Europe when the song went No. 1 on the charts and he realized: “I was No. 1 all over the entire planet — not just in the States. I was No. 1 everywhere that you can imagine.”

On Wednesday, the rapper Ice Cube recalled the significance of Coolio’s music at the time, writing on Twitter that he had witnessed “first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry.”

Coolio, whose spindly and sprouting cornrows defined his look, went on to sell 4.8 million records throughout his career, according to Luminatethe tracking service formerly known as Nielsen Music.

He expanded his influence by writing and performing the theme song for “Kenan & Kel,” a Nickelodeon staple in the late 1990s. Coolio later became a fixture on reality TV, starting with “Coolio’s Rules,” a 2008 series that focused on his personal life and his quest to find love in Los Angeles.


Career outside of music

In 2004, Coolio appeared as a contestant on Comeback – Die große Chance (translated in English as Comeback: The Big Chance), a German talent show featuring artists looking for a comeback.

Coolio went on to appear as a housemate in Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, alongside stars including Ulrika Jonsson, who won the series, and Terry Christian, who came second. Coolio was a finalist, coming third overall in the series.

The rapper returned for Ultimate Big Brother in 2010 but decided to leave after numerous confrontations with Nadia Almada and others in the house.

In January 2012, he was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality television series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, where he represented the Music Saves Lives Organization. He also guest starred as himself on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Coolio is featured on the March 5, 2013, episode of the ABC reality program Wife Swap, but his then-girlfriend left him after the program was taped. On June 30, 2013, he appeared alongside comedian Jenny Eclair and Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden on the UK game show Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, where he came in second. Also on June 30, Coolio voiced a wax figure of himself on Gravity Falls. He also appears on “Homie-Work”, a 1998 episode of The Nanny, in which he portrays a nerdy man, a “gift wrapper”, transformed by the Jewish nanny into a “Rapper” for Maxwell Sheffield’s new rap musical.

In July 2016, Coolio performed on ABC’s Greatest Hits.

Coolio guest starred on a 2014 episode of the Adult Swim show Black Jesus titled “Gangsta’s Paradise”.


Coolio is survived by up to 10 children, 4 with his ex-wife, and six from other relationships.


Date of birth: 1st August 1963

Date of Death: 28th September 2022 (aged 59)




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