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Celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper behind the global hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” who died Wednesday at 59.
His manager, Jarez Posey, told The Hollywood Reporter that the rapper died Wednesday in Los Angeles. No cause of death was given at the time.
Coolio reached worldwide success in the 1990s with the release of three of his albums — It Takes a Thief, Gangsta’s Paradise and My Soul — which helped him cross into mainstream music.
The ’90s also saw Coolio compose the theme song for the 1996-2000 Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel.
Rappers and stars alike took to social media to remember the artist.
Kenan Thompson, who starred in Kenan & Kel, posted on his Instagram story, saying, “Wait, now Coolio!!” followed by two more slides featuring photos of the musician, writing, “Damn, homie!!! Rest in Power!!!!”
Michelle Pfeiffer, who appeared with Coolio in the music video for “Gansta’s Paradise,” which was featured on the soundtrack of her movie Dangerous Minds, took to Instagram to remember the late rapper.
Sharing a portion of their video, Pfeiffer wrote that she was “heartbroken” to hear of Coolio’s death, calling him a “gifted artist.”
“A life cut entirely too short,” she added of Coolio. “As some of you may know I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995. He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack – which I think was the reason our film saw so much success. I remember him being nothing but gracious. 30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family. Rest in Power, Artis Leon Ivey Jr.”
“This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio,” rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube tweeted.
“Coolio was the West Coast Flavor Flav. He loved telling everyone that. We was supposed to perform together this Tuesday. #RIP my friend,” tweeted Flavor Flav.
Read their tributes below.
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