'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio dies at age 59

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Coolio, the rapper who was among hip-hop's biggest names of the 1990s with hits including ``Gangsta's Paradise'' and ``Fantastic Voyage,'' has died. 

Manager Jarez Posey tells The Associated Press that Coolio, whose legal name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died at the Los Angeles home of a friend on Wednesday. 

The cause was not immediately clear. Coolio was 59. 

He won a Grammy for best solo rap performance for ``Gangsta's Paradise,'' the 1995 No. 1 hit from the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film ``Dangerous Minds'' that sampled Stevie Wonder's 1976 song ``Pastime Paradise.''