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All About Coolio Net Worth, Cause of Death, Wife, Children, Awards, Controversies

HOWAFRICA reports that the award-winning rapper, who was among hip-hop’s biggest names during the 1990s with his pop-infused style, Coolio died Wednesday afternoon, September 28, 2022, at a friend’s Los Angeles home, his manager confirmed. He was 59.


Early Life

Born Artis Leon Ivey on August 1, 1963,, to Artis Leon Ivey Sr., a carpenter, and Jackie Slater, a factory worker, Coolio was prone to asthma attacks. Intelligent, studious and well-informed, he found life outside home difficult.

He joined the street gang, Baby Crips, and tried to create a wild and violent image of himself by carrying weapons to school. His studies suffered after being jailed for several months for larceny.
After high school, he attended Compton Community College and renewed his high school interest in rap and performed in contests where he was called ‘Coolio Iglesias.’, and on L.A’s rap radio station, KDAY.
To overcome his cocaine addiction, which disrupted his budding career as a rapper, he entered rehab. When he came out, he worked various odd jobs, but was determined to revive his rap career.


In 1987, Coolio recorded two singles, ‘Watch Gonna Do’ and ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’. He joined the band, group WC and the Maad Circle, four years later.
In 1994, his debut solo album, ‘It Takes a Thief’ boasted the hit single ‘Fantastic Voyage’ that reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and minor hits including ‘County Line’ and ‘I Remember’.

Cashing on the success of ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, he released an album by the same name in 1995. This double platinum album had two hit singles ‘1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)’ and ‘Too Hot’.
Despite having officially left the band, WC and the Maad Circle, he contributed to their second album, ‘Curb Servin’,’ in 1995; he featured in the single, ‘In a Twist’.

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In 1996, he featured in the soundtrack of two movies singing, ‘It’s All the Way Live (Now)’, and ‘Hit ’em High’ (with four other rappers), for the movies, ‘Eddie’ and ‘Space Jam’, respectively.
For Red Hot Organization’s much acclaimed compilation CD, ‘America is Dying Slowly’, in 1996, he contributed the single, ‘I Breaks ‘Em Off’, and recorded the theme song for the TV series, Kenan & Kel.

His 1996 album,’ My Soul’, certified platinum, included the super hit single ‘C U When U Get There’, but performed below expectations, and Tommy Boy Records ended their contract with the singer.
Between 2001, and 2008, he released four albums, ‘’, ‘El Cool Magnifico’, ‘The Return of the Gangsta’, and ‘Steal Hear’, which failed to show up on the charts.

In 2002, he appeared on the television program, ‘Celebrity Fear Factor, calling himself, “El Cool Magnifico”, (which became the name of his fourth studio album). That year, he won the ‘Celebrity Bootcamp’.

He has been a regular performer at The Gathering of the Juggalos, an annual festival organized by Psychopathic Records. The event spans five days, and over 107,000 music lovers attend it annually.

In 2008, he hosted ‘Cookin’ with Coolio’, an online cooking show along with jazz artist Jarez, for the website My Damn Channel – a cookbook based on the show was released the next year.

In 2009, he appeared on the television show, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. He appeared on ‘Ultimate Big Brother’ the following year, but was removed from the house for objectionable behavior towards his housemates.

In January 2012, he was the runner-up in the Food Network reality series, ‘Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off’. He represented the Music Saves Lives organization and won $10,000 for his charity.

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In 2013, he declared his intentions of taking his chef career to the next level; he planned to auction 123 of his songs which would fetch him between $134,000 and $225,000 for the purpose.

The rapper continues to perform in concerts. In February 2014, he shared the stage with Goast, Jarel and DJ Locomotive in Ketchum, Idaho.

Major Works

Coolio’s 1994 album, ‘Takes a Thief’, climbed to No. 8 on the Billboard 200, and was certified Platinum. The album was appreciated for the humorous take on typical gangsta rap themes.

His song ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ in the 1995 movie, ‘Dangerous Minds’, stayed on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 3 weeks. It was a No.1 hit in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.


Personal Life & Legacy

Coolio has fathered ten children from relationships with different women. He has often not been a good role model to his children. He was charged with battery for punching his girlfriend in 2013. On May 18, 1996, he married Josefa Salinas but the couple divorced in 2000.

A spokesman for Environmental Justice and Climate Change, he is dedicated to educating students at historically black colleges about global warming. He is the spokesperson of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America too.



Coolio and jazz saxophonist Jarez were enlisted in July 2008 as spokespersons by the group Environmental Justice and Climate Change to educate students at historically black colleges and universities about global warming. Coolio was a spokesperson for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. He said that he and his children are asthma sufferers. As a child, he was taken to the hospital several times due to asthma complications.


Coolio was the running mate for pornographic actress Cherie DeVille’s Democratic presidential run in 2020

Legal issues

In 1998, a court in Böblingen near Stuttgart sentenced Coolio to six months’ probation and fined him $17,000 after convicting him of being an accessory to robbery and causing bodily injury.

In 2016, Coolio and members of his crew were arrested for having a loaded firearm inside of a bookbag at Los Angeles International Airport. The bag was flagged by the Transportation Security Administration as the group attempted to pass through a security checkpoint. One of his bodyguards claimed ownership of the bag, but witnesses stated that it belonged to Coolio himself. Coolio was sentenced to three years of probation and 45 days of community service.

In 2017, Coolio was denied entry into Singapore upon landing at Changi International Airport. Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority declined to comment on the reason for the denial, citing reasons of confidentiality. Coolio had been traveling from Beijing to Singapore to perform at a Formula One concert event.



This rapper sports a weird hairstyle with braids that stick out all over his head. Presently, he has a bald patch in the center, but his spidery braids remain.

This rapper’s super hit single ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, a rework of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Pastime Paradise’, was parodied by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic as ‘Amish Paradise’.



Grammy Awards
1996Best Rap Solo PerformanceWinner
ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards
1997Most Performed Songs from Motion PicturesDangerous Minds (1995)
MTV Video Music Awards
1996Best Dance VideoCoolio: 1 2 3 4 (Sumpin’ New) (1996)
1996Best Video from a FilmDangerous Minds (1995)
1996Best Rap VideoCoolio feat. L.V.: Gangsta’s Paradise (1995)
1996Best Video from a FilmCoolio feat. L.V.: Gangsta’s Paradise (1995)


Cause of Coolio death: Gangsta’s Paradise rapper dies

The artist’s cause of death remains unknown but according to TMZ, which first reported the news, paramedics were called to the house around 4 p.m. after Coolio collapsed inside the bathroom. He was pronounced dead at the scene from suspected cardiac arrest, the outlet reported. “He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly,” Sheila Finegan, Coolio’s manager,​ said in a statement to The Washington Post

As news of his death spread, star-studded tributes began to pour in.

“This is sad news,” fellow rapper Ice Cube wrote on Twitter. “I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace.”

Pfeiffer credited “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which she called “a brilliant song, for turning “Dangerous Minds” into a smash-box success in 1995.


Coolio’s Net Worth In 2022

Coolio had an estimated net worth of $1.5 million at the time of his death, according to Celebrity Net Worth.




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