The rapper Coolio, best known for his 1995 hit Gangsta’s Paradise has died at the age of 59.
His manager said he was visiting a friend’s house in Los Angeles when he apparently suffered a heart attack.
Real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr, Coolio emerged onto the LA rap scene in the 1980’s, but it was Gangsta’s Paradise that propelled him to international fame and earned him a Grammy for best solo rap performance.
The song reached number one on the US Billboard charts and stayed there for three weeks.
He was nominated for five other Grammys during his career, which began in the late-1980s.