American rapper Artis Leon Ivey Jr popularly known as Coolio, has died at the age of 59.
Coolio was known for his 1995 iconic hit, Gangsta’s Paradise.
His longtime manager Jarez Posey told US media the artist was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles.
The exact cause of his death on Wednesday is yet unknown.
Coolio started his music career in the 1980s, but he found fame in hip hop history with release of Gangsta’s Paradise in 1995.
Mr Posey told reporters that paramedics believed he may have had a cardiac arrest.
Coolio won a Grammy for Gangsta’s Paradise, which was part of the soundtrack for the movie Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
In a career that spanned over four decades, he recorded eight studio albums and won an American Music Award and three MTV Video Music Awards.
His other hits included Fantastic Voyage, Rollin’ With My Homies, 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New), and Too Hot.