Coolio, shown here in 2015, has died age 59

KEY POINTS

  • American rapper Coolio passed away on Wednesday at 59
  • Coolio's cause of death has yet to be determined
  • He is the ninth "Celebrity Big Brother" contest to die after joining the show

American Rapper Coolio passed away Wednesday afternoon due to a suspected cardiac arrest, making him the ninth "Celebrity Big Brother" contestant to die after joining the show. He was 59.

The rapper, who was very famous in the '90s, joined the long-running reality show in 2009 alongside the late Verne Taylor, who died in 2018, and the "Ultimate Big Brother" the following year, according to The Sun. Over the past years, other famous Hollywood personalities, including Jade Goody, Sarah Harding, Dustin Diamond, Pete Burns, Heavy D (Colin Newell), David Gest, and Keith Chegwin, also passed away years after joining the show.

Taylor, well-known for playing Mini-me in the "Austin Powers" film series, passed away in 2018 from suicide by alcohol intoxication. Last year, the Girls Aloud member and "Celebrity Big Brother" 2017 winner, Harding, died from breast cancer at 39.

On Thursday, the "Gangsta's Paradise" singer's manager and good friend Jarez Posey confirmed Coolio's death, but details on the circumstances of the incident, including the cause of death, have yet to be revealed, CNN reported.

The news outlet reportedly reached out to Los Angeles Fire Department's captain Erik Scott. He revealed that firefighters and paramedics responded to a medical emergency call located in the 2900 block of South Chesapeake Ave., Los Angeles, California at 4 p.m. local time. Upon arrival, the rapper, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was found unresponsive, so they immediately "performed "resuscitation efforts for approximately 45 minutes."

Sadly, Coolio "was determined dead just before 5:00 p.m.," Scott said, revealing that an autopsy was performed on the rapper the next day and further investigations about the incident were being conducted.

"We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client," the Grammy-winning musician's talent manager Sheila Finegan said in a statement given to the same outlet.

She continued, "He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly. Thank you to everyone worldwide who has listened to his music and to everyone who has been reaching out regarding his passing. Please have Coolio's loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."

Fellow rappers and Hollywood personalities paid tribute to him on social media, including actor Loui Diamond Phillips, rappers MC Hammer and Ice Cube, and former NBA star Matt Bonner.

"I am absolutely stunned. Coolio was a friend and one of the warmest, funniest people I've ever met. We spent an amazing time together making Red Water in Cape Town, and we loved going head to head in the kitchen. He was one of a kind. Epic, legendary and I'll miss him. #RIPCoolio," Phillips wrote in a tweet.

Ice Cube wrote, "This is sad news. I witness firsthand this man's grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace," while MC Hammer described him as "one of the nicest dudes" he's known.

"RIP Coolio, [who's a] huge hoops fan. We hosted him at a game a few years back [and it was the] biggest crowd of all-time at a Spurs Overtime concert," Bonner stated.

Coolio was a well-known rapper, who reached mainstream success as his songs "Gangsta's Paradise," "Fantastic Voyage," "West Up," and "C U When You Get There," topped the music charts. He was reportedly a "leading figure" in the West Coast rap music scene in the U.S. since the '90s, the BBC reported.

He became an all-around entertainer who did not only make a name for himself in the music industry, but also as a producer and actor who appeared in films and TV shows, including the "Celebrity Big Brother" U.K. edition.

Over his career, which lasted for about four decades, he earned awards from the American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards. Coolio recorded eight studio albums in total.

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Coolio gave his fans an update about how he’s doing a few hours after he was arrested at LAX on Saturday, Sept. 17, for alleged possession of a stolen, loaded gun. Pictured: Coolio attends 90sFEST Pop Culture and Music Festival on Sept. 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Getty Images/Brad Barket