Rapper Coolio, known for ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, dies in Los Angeles at 59

FILE PHOTO: Singer Coolio performs before a panel discussion on his new Oxygen Network reality series "Coolio's Rules" at the NBC Universal summer 2008 press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 20, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

(Reuters) – The rapper Coolio has died, NBC Los Angeles reported Wednesday, citing his manager, Jarez Posey.

The artist, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., may have died of a heart attack, although an official cause of death has not yet been released, the television station reported, citing Posey.

Coolio was best known for his Grammy Award-winning song “Gangsta’s Paradise”. The celebrity gossip website TMZ reported that the rapper died in Los Angeles.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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