Coolio, an American rapper, is best known for his 1995 chart-topping song Gangster Paradise died, his manager said on Wednesday. He was 59 years old.

The Grammy-winning musician died in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not immediately announced.

Coolio’s friend and longtime manager Jarez Posey confirmed the news AFP without providing additional information.

Posey told celebrity news site TMZ that Coolio was found unresponsive in the bathroom at a friend’s house on Wednesday afternoon.

Born August 1, 1963, in Pennsylvania, Artis Leon Ivy Jr. spent most of his life in Compton, California, attending community college and working jobs including airport security before finding success in rap.

Coolio began his music career in California in the late 1980s, putting down roots in Los Angeles until 1994 when he signed with Tommy Boy Records.

His single A fantastic journey his debut studio album, It Takes a Thief, peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

But it was Gangster Paradise next year, making Coolio a household name.

The rapper gained worldwide fame in 1995 when he released a song for the soundtrack of the film Dangerous minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

It was the best single of the year, and Coolio won a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance for the track at the following awards gala.

With a hook lifted from a 1976 Stevie Wonder track Paradise of pastime from the basis of this artist Songs in the key of lifethe hit sold millions of copies worldwide, topping the pop charts in 16 countries.

“Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the talented artist @coolio,” Pfeiffer wrote on social media. “Life is too short.

“30 years later, I still get chills when I hear the song.”

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“It wrote to me”

In an interview with Britain’s The Voice more than a decade later, Coolio said he had “no idea” the song would last so many years.

“I didn’t write Gangster Paradise – it wrote to me, – he said. “It was his own essence, out there in the spirit world, trying to find its way into the world, and it chose me as a vessel to go through.

“I thought it would be a record; I never thought it would cross what it did – across all ages, races, genres, countries and generations.”

He never repeated the success of his signature track, but later released hits including “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “Too Hot.”

A perennial gangsta rap star, Coolio has earned him a large following. He later pursued an acting career, including landing a role in 1997 Batman and Robin and made a number of television cameos, including on the popular 1990s show Nanny.

Social media reaction to the rapper’s death was one of shock, with 1990s rapper Vanilla Ice tweeting: “I’m freaking out, I just heard my good friend Coolio has passed away.”

“Peaceful journey brother. #Coolio,” Questlove wrote.

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