Tributes are pouring in for Gangsta’s Paradise rapper Coolio, who has died suddenly at the age of 59.
One of the most touching tributes has come from actress Michelle Pfeifferwho worked closely with Coolio on the 1995 film Dangerous Minds.
The rapper recorded his hit song Gangsta’s Paradise for the film, and many fans will remember the music video featuring Coolio and Pfeiffer together.
On Instagram, the actress, 64, shared the video along with a heartfelt message, saying she “still gets chills” when she hears the song.
Watch the music video for Gangsta’s Paradise, featuring Michelle Pfeiffer and Coolio above.
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“Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolioA life cut entirely too short. As some of you may know I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995,” she wrote.
“He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack – which I think was the reason our film saw so much success. I remember him being nothing but gracious. 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. ❤️”
In 1996, the music video won the MTV Music Video Award for Best Rap Video and the MTV Music Video Award for Best Video from a Film.
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Musician Questlove immediately commented under Pfeiffer’s post, sharing a broken heart emoji.
Questlove was one of the first of the rapper’s friends to pay tribute to him.
Sharing a photo of Coolio on Instagram, he wrote, “Peaceful Journey Brother.”
Fellow rapper Vanilla Ice took to Twitter to share his confusion and shock at the news.
“I’m freaking out I just heard my good friend Coolio passed away,” he tweeted.
Comedian and Big Momma actor Martin Lawrence also shared the message via Twitter.
“My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family of Coolio, #rip” he wrote.
U Can’t Touch this wrapper MC Hammer also shared a tribute:
“One of the nicest dudes I’ve known. Good people. RIP Coolio.:
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Rapper LL Cool J, also paid his respects: “Rest in power my brother. @Coolio Love & Respect,” he tweeted.
Ice Cube was also devastated to hear the news.
“This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio,” he tweeted.
rapper and Law & Order star Ice-T couldn’t believe the news as the pair just caught up weeks ago.
“Holly S–t!!! I was just talking to him 2 weeks ago! He was performing in Europe… This is so Fd up…” he tweeted.
NBA star Matt Bonner was also saddened by the news, sharing a touching memory he has of the rapper.
“RIP Coolio Huge hoops fan… we hosted him at a game a few years back… biggest crowd of all-time at a Spurs Overtime concert,” the athlete tweeted.
No cause of death has been confirmed, but police have since confirmed no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene of Coolio’s death.
The rapper was reportedly visiting a friend in Los Angeles when he was found dead in the bathroom on Wednesday.
Coolio’s manager Jarel Posey, known as ‘Jarez’, confirmed the news to TMZrevealing the rapper went to the bathroom and never returned.
When the friend went to check up on him, he discovered Coolio lying on the bathroom floor.
He has since claimed the rapper is suspected to have died from cardiac arrest.
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