Rapper Coolio, known for Fantastic Voyage and Gangsta’s Paradise, dies at 59

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Rapper Coolio, known for Fantastic Voyage and Gangsta’s Paradise, dies at 59

LOS ANGELES — Rapper Coolio, known for hits including Fantastic Voyage and Gangsta's Paradise, died on Wednesday evening at the age of 59.

The news was first reported by TMZ.

The entertainer, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., had a music career that spanned more than three decades.

As far as I know now is that he was in a friend's house and was in his bathroom and had a heart attack, his manager Jarez Posey said.

Additional details were not immediately available.

Coolio won a Grammy for Gangsta's, which was released in 1995 and spent three weeks at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 list.

He shot to fame with Gangsta snobs and won a Grammy for the best solo rap performance the following year.

The song was on the soundtrack for the 1995 Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds. Coolio was also known for his hits like Fantastic Voyage and 1, 2, 3, 4 Sumpin New and C U When U Get There.

According to his website, Coolio has sold more than 17 million records.

He was also in a number of television shows and films, including Futurama, where he voiced Kwanzaa-bot. He also made appearances in the Robbery Homicide Division and Malcolm Eddie, amongst other shows. He was a contestant in Fear Factor in 2001.

He wrote a book called Cookin with Coolio in 2009, which was also the title of a cooking show starring the rapper.

Born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, Coolio grew up in Compton, California.

This is a developing story.