Rapper Coolio Died At 59. Know More About His Career, Wife (Josefa Salinas) & Early Life!

Coolio, known for his 1990s hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” from the movie Dangerous Minds, died Sept. 28 in Los Angeles. He was 59 years old. The cause of death is not yet announced officially.


Coolio’s Death Is Confirmed By His Manager Jarez Posey

According to TMZ, when Coolio didn’t respond to his name, his friend went to the restroom and discovered him unconscious on the floor. When paramedics arrived at the scene, according to Jarez Posey, Coolio died of a suspected heart attack but no official cause of death has been determined. His manager Jarez Posey confirmed his death to NBC News, stating that he was at a friend’s house when he became unconscious in the bathroom. According To TMZ , When his buddy went into the restroom and found him unresponsive on the floor, he was declared dead by emergency personnel who arrived at the scene.

The Los Angeles Police Department said they were notified of the death of a man in his 60s late afternoon by the LAPD. The LAPD stated that at this time, there is no indication of foul play in the investigation, which appears to be a natural cause.

Coolio’s Career

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, and moved to Compton, California, where he began his music career. Coolio’s 1994 album It Takes A Thief produced the Billboard Hot 100 top three hit “Fantastic Voyage.” His next most successful single was “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which he recorded for John N. Smith’s 1995 film Dangerous Minds.

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The song was in the No.1 position on the Billboard Hot 100, continuously for three weeks. Coolio then performed the hit at the 38th Grammy Awards, where he won Best Rap Solo Performance that year.

Coolio also wrote, directed, and produced numerous films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1997’s Batman & Robin, he played supervillain Jonathan Crane; in Futurama, he was Kwanzaa-bot; in Sabrina’s The Teenage Witch, Charmed, All That (as well as a few guest spots on other shows), and The Nanny (where he appeared as himself).

About Coolio’s Wife Josefa Salinas!

Coolio was married to Josefa Salinas from 1996 to 2000. They had four children together. Josefa Salinas is known for Fake News at Night (2018) and Fearless: The Documentary (2014). After spending four years together as a married couple, they divorced in 2000. There wasn’t any confirmation about the reason that lead to their divorce, but there are many stories about Coolio’s drug usage. He also had many legal troubles during that time.

More About Josefa Salinas

Josefa Salinas is a radio host with over 30 years of experience. She can be heard daily on FM radio stations across Southern California, from the Central Coast to the Inland Empire!


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On March 9, 2020, the Los Angeles County Commission on Women and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors presented Josefa with the prestigious “Woman of the Year in Arts and Media” award.

He has won the National Association of Broadcasters’ “Crystal Award,” California’s 100 Most Powerful and Influential Women’s Councils, Mayor Garcetti’s appointment as Commissioner, and many other accolades, including President Barack Obama’s Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

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The woman once known as “Angelita de la Noche” (“Night Angel”) on LA’s POWER 106 has become the founder and CEO of her own online radio station, using cutting-edge technology to bring “The Power of Voices” at Elle is working hard to develop the niche station, “Your Military Voice,” which will serve active duty men and women and their families and retired veterans, as well as the highly anticipated “Hispanic Talk network”.

She is also the author of a few books and two of them are; 101 Things to Know Before You Date My Daughter, My Best Friend, Or Me.

Coolio’s Early Life

Coolio was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania and later moved to Compton, California where he attended community college. Along with working as a volunteer firefighter and in airport security, he also devoted himself full time to hip-hop music. His career began skyrocketing with the release of his debut album on Tommy Boy Records in 1994 called “It Takes a Thief” – more specifically from the success of its opening song “Fantastic Voyage” which landed at No.3 on Billboard’s Top 100 list; thus changing Coolio’s life forever.

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