Coolio -- who was born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. -- died in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, at the age of 59. His longtime manager, Jarez, confirmed the news toTMZ. Jarez told the outlet that paramedics suspect cardiac arrest was the cause of death, though no official determination has been made.
After entering the L.A. rap scene in the '80s, Coolio came to fame in 1995 when he recorded "Gangsta's Paradise" for Dangerous Minds. The track earned the rapper a GRAMMY.
Many celebs reflected on Coolio's career and the work he put into his music while remembering him in tributes.
ET spoke with John Legend Wednesday evening, who shared said the news of Coolio's death is "so tragic."
"We are losing people at too young of an age," Legend told ET. "Coolio made some great songs, it was soundtrack of our lives. He is gone too early and tragically, it’s so sad."
"This is sad news," Ice Cube wrote on Twitter. "I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace."
Legendary rapper Coolio has died. He was only 59. The cause of death has not been determined. Cardiac arrest is suspected. pic.twitter.com/PnrRXgS98z
Kenan Thompson took to his Instagram stories to share his shock at the news and a tribute. Thompson worked with Coolio on his hit Nickelodeon series Kenan & Kel, and Coolio even wrote and performed the show's theme song.
Michelle Pfeiffer, who starred in Dangerous Minds, shared a moving tribute to Coolio. "Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio. A life cut entirely too short. As some of you may know I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995. He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack - which I think was the reason our film saw so much success. I remember him being nothing but gracious. 30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family. Rest in Power, Artis Leon Ivey Jr."
LeBron James took to his Instagram Story to pay tribute to Coolio, saying, "Exactly where he is now, Gangsta's Paradise."
ESPN sportswriter Marc J. Spears reflected on having met Coolio outside a club before he made it big.
"Had a chance to randomly and briefly meet Coolio before he became a megastar as he sold his CD outside of San Jose’s DB Coopers Club one early ‘90’s night," Spears wrote. "Respected the drive, work ethic & love for his music at that time not knowing the rap icon he’d become. Rest In Peace Legend."
Had a chance to randomly and briefly meet Coolio before he became a megastar as he sold his CD outside of San Jose’s DB Coopers Club one early ‘90’s night. Respected the drive, work ethic & love for his music at that time not knowing the rap icon he’d become. Rest In Peace Legend pic.twitter.com/AfMOK6IRtn