Iconic rapper Coolio died today at the age of 59.
According to his longtime manager, Jarez, the rapper, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was found dead in his friend’s Los Angeles home, presumed to be from a cardiac arrest. No official cause of death has been confirmed yet.
Within hours of the sad news breaking, musicians and celebrities started paying tribute to the late rapper. Among those offering their condolences was “Weird Al” Yankovic, who once became embroiled in a feud with Coolio when he parodied his hit song ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’.
“RIP Coolio,” he wrote, alongside a picture of the pair hugging. And as music journalist Dan Ozzi noted following his death, Coolio was more than happy to bury the hatchet with the parody artist.
“One of the nicest dudes I’ve known. Good people. R.I.P. Coolio,” MC Hammer said on Twitter. “Rest in power my brother,” wrote LL Cool J. You can see these and more tributes below.
After making his way through the Los Angeles rap scene in the late 1980s, Coolio rose to worldwide prominence thanks to his mammoth 1995 anthem ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, which featured on the soundtrack for that year’s film Dangerous Minds.
The rapper had some other success following his signature hit, including the Top 20 hits ‘1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)’ and ‘C U When U Get There’, while he also famously provided the opening theme song for the iconic Nickelodeon show Kenan & Kel.
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RIP Coolio pic.twitter.com/Z53f3n6HDU
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) September 29, 2022
i got to interview coolio one time and you bet i asked him if he was over his beef with weird al. pic.twitter.com/bVPZ15Qtpg
— Dan Ozzi (@danozzi) September 29, 2022
Rest in power my brother .@Coolio Love & Respect
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) September 29, 2022
Rest in power Coolio ♥️ pic.twitter.com/nQdeuPTHGQ
— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) September 29, 2022
RIP Coolio. pic.twitter.com/GHzLV4JHuu
— Trevor Trout (@totaltroutmove) September 29, 2022
the way tv and hip-hop were so connected in the 90s is something i’ll never forget. and it gave us one of the best songs in the kenan and kel theme by coolio. rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/D4t9H28b1e
— nadirah (@hinadirah) September 29, 2022
First CD I ever bought in my life and the most legendary Wing 10 Last Dab these eyes have ever seen RIP Coolio pic.twitter.com/Feu3wwe98S
— Sean Evans (@seanseaevans) September 29, 2022
— Dr. Love (@questlove) September 29, 2022