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American rapper Coolio dies at 59

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  • American rapper Coolio, author of the 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” and winner of a Grammy Award

American rapper Coolio, author of the 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” and winner of a Grammy Award, has died at the age of 59, according to Variety magazine.

Born on August 1, 1963 in Pennsylvania under the name Artis Leon Ivey Jr., Coolio moved to California and joined the hip-hop band WC and the Maad Circle in 1991.

Later, he started his solo career in 1994 with the album “It Takes a Thief”.

His most famous song, “Gangsta’s Paradise,” appeared in the 1995 film “Dangerous Minds” with Michelle Pfeiffer in the lead.

This composition earned him the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance.

Coolio also acted as an actor in films and television series such as “Martin” (1995), “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (1996), “Batman & Robin” (1997), “The Nanny” (1998), “Tyrone” (1999 ), “Midnight Mass” (1999), “Charmed” (2002), “Star-ving” (2009), “Futurama” (2001, 2010) and “Gravity Falls” (2012).

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