The entertainment industry is mourning the loss of rapper Coolio.
The Grammy-winning "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper — born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. — died Wednesday at age 59, his manager, Jarez Posey, confirmed to PEOPLE. His cause of death has not been publicly shared.
Coolio's fellow artists and those in Hollywood paid tribute to him on social media shortly after the news of his death was announced.
Dangerous Minds star Michelle Pfeiffer, who starred in Coolio's music video for "Gangsta's Paradise" — the lead single off the 1995 film's soundtrack — was among the first to mourn the artist's loss.
"Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio," she wrote alongside a clip of "Gangsta's Paradise" video. "A life cut entirely too short."
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She added, "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 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. ❤️."
Kenan Thompson expressed shock after news of his death. Coolio provided the opening track, titled "Aw, Here It Goes!," for the Nickelodeon television series Kenan & Kel.
"Wait, now Coolio!!!" Thompson wrote in his Instagram Story.
He later reposted a tribute from Questlove, adding, "Damn homie!!! Rest in Power!!!"
"God Bless The Dead. 🙏🏾💙," rapper Killer Mike wrote in reaction to the loss.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 29, 2022
Snoop Dogg also saluted the rapper with a vintage snap of them posing together on the set of the video for their "Gangsta Walk" collaboration.
Melissa Joan Hart also posted a photo of her and Coolio from a time he appeared on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
She captioned the image, "I had the amazing honor to work and play with @coolio a few times and he was always down for a chat, a complete gentleman and a ton of fun to hang with. What a loss! Rest In Peace!"
Poison vocalist Bret Michaels paid tribute by posting a picture alongside the late rapper on Twitter. "My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends & fans on the loss of @Coolio," he wrote. "This photo from when we did @ABCNetwork#GreatestHits together. Awesome guy who will be missed. #Coolio"
My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends & fans on the loss of @Coolio. This photo from when we did @ABCNetwork #GreatestHits together. Awesome guy who will be missed. #Coolio pic.twitter.com/tBurdvSiuE
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) September 29, 2022
Shameless actress Tina Malone, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother alongside Coolio and shared many on-camera spats with the rapper before working through their differences, penned a note in remembrance of the rapper on Twitter. "RIP COOLIO! YOU DROVE ME NUTS,YOU MADE ME LAUGH! GLAD WE GOT TO MAKE UP! Godbless xx," she wrote.
Another one of his fellow Big Brother contestants, British-Norwegian boy band A1 singer Ben Adams, tweeted a photo with Coolio and the late Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer, who died in 2018 at age 49. "Very sad news to wake up to. Had a lot of fun with Coolio and indeed Verne on @bbuk and beyond," he wrote. "time to dig out the old clips and reminisce. RIP"
— Ben Adams (@benadamsuk) September 29, 2022
Musician and record producer Terrace Martin shared a memory of his relation to Coolio on Twitter. "Coolio . Thank you for taking on my first world tour . Summer of 1999 [...] Rest in love king," he wrote.
LeBron James reacted to the news in his Instagram Story, typing the rapper's name with several dove Emojis.
He later wrote, "Exactly where he is now! GANGSTA'S PARADISE"
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Posey confirmed that Coolio died Wednesday.
According to TMZ, which was first to report the news, Posey said the late musician was visiting a friend and went to the bathroom. When he didn't come out, the friend called his name but he didn't answer. They then found Coolio on the floor.
The friend called for help, per the outlet, and once responders arrived, Coolio was pronounced dead.
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Born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, in 1963, Coolio later moved to Compton, California, where he attended Compton Community College before becoming a rapper.
Coolio released the hit single "Gangsta's Paradise," featuring singer L.V., in 1995. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and won the Grammy Award for best rap solo performance at the 1996 Grammys.