Hollywood actress Michelle Pfeiffer has led tributes to US rapper Coolio following his dying aged 59.
The musician, whose actual title was Artis Leon Ivey Jr and who was answerable for Nineteen Nineties hit music Gangsta’s Paradise, died on Wednesday afternoon.
He recorded the music for the 1995 movie Harmful Minds, starring Pfeiffer, and it went on to develop into one of the vital profitable rap songs of all time.
The monitor topped the US Billboard Scorching 100 for 3 weeks and gained Coolio the Grammy award for greatest rap solo efficiency in 1996.
Pfeiffer, 64, stated she was “heartbroken” to listen to the information of his dying, including that she remembered him as “nothing however gracious” after they labored collectively.
“Heartbroken to listen to of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio,” she wrote on Instagram, sharing a clip of the movie that includes the monitor.
“A life reduce fully too quick.
“I bear in mind him being nothing however gracious. 30 years later I nonetheless get chills once I hear the music.
“Sending love and lightweight to his household. Relaxation in Energy, Artis Leon Ivey Jr.”
Coolio’s supervisor at Trinity Artists Worldwide, Sheila Finegan, confirmed the dying to the PA information company.
“We’re saddened by the lack of our expensive pal and shopper, Coolio, who handed away this afternoon,” the company stated in an announcement.
“He touched the world with the present of his expertise and will likely be missed profoundly.
“Thanks to everybody worldwide who has listened to his music and to everybody who has been reaching out concerning his passing.
“Please have Coolio’s family members in your ideas and prayers.”
The rapper was discovered unresponsive on the toilet flooring of a pal’s home in Los Angeles, in keeping with US media outlet TMZ.
His different well-known songs included C U When U Get There and he had additionally delighted followers together with his ardour within the kitchen, releasing his recipe e-book Cookin’ With Coolio in 2009.
In addition to for his profitable music profession, he grew to become well-known within the UK for his appearances on Channel 4 actuality present Huge Brother.
The rapper got here third within the sixth sequence of UK Celeb Huge Brother in 2009, dropping out to broadcaster Terry Christian, who was the runner-up, and presenter and mannequin Ulrika Jonsson, who gained.
However together with Jonsson he went on to affix the solid of Final Huge Brother the next yr in 2010, the final sequence of the present to air on Channel 4.
Jonsson informed PA that his dying was a “shock” however the pair had shared “so many laughs” collectively.
“I spent a good bit of time with Coolio – he was a misogynist, broke wind quite a bit; he fancied himself as a cook dinner however my God, we had so many laughs,” she stated.
The rapper was born in Pennsylvania, however later moved to Compton, California, the place he launched his first single in 1987.
Gangsta’s Paradise was additionally parodied by US musical comic Bizarre Al Yankovic as Amish Paradise, although on the time it was claimed that Coolio had not given him permission to take action.
Nevertheless, Coolio acknowledged in interviews that the pair had since made amends.
Yankovic paid his respects to Coolio with a brief tribute on social media.
Sharing an image of the pair embracing, he wrote: “RIP Coolio.”
Broadly credited with combining the world of mainstream pop music with hip-hop, Coolio grew to become a well-known voice on LA radio after leaving faculty, however his profession as an artist took off after his collaboration with WC and the Maad Circle on the 1991 album Ain’t A Rattling Thang.
His different credit on the planet of tv included a cameo in TV’s Phat Seaside, a task in 1997’s Batman And Robin and he offered the theme tune to teen comedy Kenan And Kel.
After information of his dying broke, officers at Wrigley Subject in Chicago performed the hit music in addition to Coolio’s Improbable Voyage all through the stadium, as the house city Cubs hosted the Philadelphia Phillies.
Coolio was nominated for 5 different Grammys throughout a profession that started within the late Eighties.
Heavyweights from the rap world, together with Snoop Dogg, Ice Dice and MC Hammer, paid their respects after the information was shared on social media.
Former NWA star Ice Dice stated he had witnessed Coolio’s “grind to the highest of the business” in his personal tribute.
“That is unhappy information,” the rapper and actor wrote on Twitter.
“I witnessed first hand this man’s grind to the highest of the business. Relaxation In Peace @Coolio.”
MC Hammer described Coolio as “one of many nicest dudes I’ve identified” as he shared an image of the pair along with Tupac and Snoop.
Roots drummer Questlove, whose actual title is Ahmir Thompson, posted a black-and-white picture of Coolie alongside the phrases: “Peaceable Journey Brother”.
Taste Flav, founding member of influential rap outfit Public Enemy, described the late artist as “the West Coast Taste Flav”.
He added: “He beloved telling everybody that. We was imagined to carry out collectively this Tuesday. #RIP my pal.”
A tribute additionally got here from Merely Pink’s Mick Hucknall, who recalled singing Gangsta’s Paradise with Coolio on the French music TV present Taratata within the Nineteen Nineties.
“He was a pleasure to hold with,” he stated.
“One of many good guys. Nonetheless play his high-quality album It Takes A Thief to this present day.”