Paramedics reportedly attempted to resuscitate Coolio with 45 minutes of CPR before he was pronounced dead on Wednesday.
According to TMZ, paramedics found no sign of life when they arrived at the scene, but performed CPR on the rapper for 3/4 hours before concluding it was futile.
Coolio’s manager, Jarez Posey, confirmed that the rapper “Gangsta’s Paradise” was visiting a friend’s home in Los Angeles on the day he died.
The friend reportedly called paramedics after he failed to respond to Coolio on the bathroom floor of his home around 4 p.m. local time.
The rapper (real name: Artis Leon Ivey Jr.) was 59.
As previously reported, Coolio is believed to have died of cardiac arrest, though his official cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Police are said to have found no drugs or paraphernalia in the bathroom at the time.
After hearing the tragic news, several celebrities flocked to social media to mourn the loss of Coolio.
“This is sad news. I’m witnessing this man’s rut to the top of the industry,” Ice Cube tweeted next to messages about Coolio’s passing, with the addition ‘Rest in peace’.
“I posted Kris with thoughts of peace and respect, let’s…
“I’m going crazy, I just heard that my good friend Coolio passed away,” said Vanilla Ice, who toured with Coolio last year, tweeted.
questlove shared a photo from Coolio, writing: “Peaceful journey brother.”
Actor Martin Lawrence added“My deepest condolences and prayers go out to @Coolio’s family 🙏🏾 #rip.”
Coolio died just days after he posted a video of his Texas performance on Instagram.
The rapper rose to fame in 1995 after the release of ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, which was featured in the movie ‘Dangerous Minds’. The song earned him the Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Rap Solo Performance.