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In the wake of rapper Coolio’s unexpected death, stars and fellow musicians share their sadness and offer their condolences to the family of the “Gangsta’s Paradise” artist. At the time of this writing, the “Gangsta’s Paradise” music video on YouTube has surpassed one billion views.
Coolio, 59, died at a friend’s house, his manager Jarez Posey told The Associated Press.
Various celebrities, many of whom worked with CoolioHe took to social media to share his shock and grief over the situation.
GRAMMY-WINNING RAPPER COOLIO DIED AT 59
Snoop Dogg, who collaborated with Coolio on the song “Gangsta Walk” from the late rapper’s “The Return of the Gangsta” album, simply shared a photo of the two of them on Instagram.
Michelle Pfeiffer wrote on her Instagram: “Heartbroken to learn of the passing of talented artist @coolio. Life cut short. As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995. He won a Grammy. for his brilliant song on the soundtrack, which I think was the reason our movie was so successful. I remember he was nothing but nice.”
“Gangsta’s Paradise”, Coolio’s most successful song, was part of the soundtrack he selected for Pfeiffer’s film. He went on to say, “30 years later, I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family. Rest in power, Artis Leon Ivey Jr.”
LL Great J
LL Great J shared his “love and respect” for Coolio in a tweet Wednesday night. The two worked together on the 1996 song “Hit ’em High (The Monstars’ Anthem)” for the movie “Space Jam” with Michael Jordan.
In a tweet about his friend, Flavor Flav, 63, wrote: “Coolio was the West Coast Flavor Flav.” Furthermore, he revealed that the two were supposed to perform together next week.
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Legendary rapper Ice Cube took to Twitter to share his thoughts on witnessing “firsthand this man’s grind to the top of the industry.”
Melissa Joan Hart
Actress Melissa Joan Hart shared on her Instagram a photo of the late rapper on her television show, “Sabrina The Teenage Witch.” She wrote, “Had the incredible honor of working and playing with @coolio several times and he was always up for a chat, a complete gentleman and a ton of fun to hang out with. What a loss! Rest in peace!”
MC Hammer shared a photo of himself, Snoop Dogg, the late Tupac Shakur, and now the late Coolio together, along with “RIP Coolio” on Twitter.
Actor Martin Lawrence wrote “my deepest condolences and prayers to @coolio’s family,” along with a photo of the late rapper.
Successful musician and producer, Questlove, shared a photo on Instagram of the rapper and wrote, “Peaceful Journey Brother.”
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“saturday night liveActor Kenan Thompson reposted Questlove’s Instagram on his own story and wrote, “Damn dude!!! Rest in power!!!” In another story, he wrote: “Wait now Coolio!” with a teary-eyed emoji.
“Rare Al” Yankovic
Weird Al Yankovic, who parodied “Gangsta’s Paradise” with “Amish Paradise,” shared a photo of him and the rapper hugging, captioned “RIP Coolio.”
Singer Estelle shared her appreciation for the rapper on her Twitter page, writing “Thanks Coolio.”