Grammy-winning rapper Coolio passes away at 59
The cause of his death was not immediately clear. He is best known for his songs Gangsta's Paradise and Fantastic Voyage.
Coolio won a Grammy for best solo rap performance for Gangsta's Paradise
His career took off with the 1994 release of his debut album on Tommy Boy Records, It Takes a Thief.
Its opening track, Fantastic Voyage, would reach No 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Social media reacted to the unexpected death
. “This is sad news,”
Ice Cube said on Twitter.