A HOST of famous names have paid tribute to rapper Coolio following his death at the age of 59.
The musician who was responsible for hit 1990s song Gangsta’s Paradise, died on Wednesday afternoon.
Die rapper, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr, was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles, volgens TMZ.
Hollywood star Michelle Pfeiffer said she was “heartbroken” over the news, having met him when he recorded his hit song for her 1995 film Dangerous Minds.
It went on to become one of the most successful rap songs of all time and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks winning Coolio the Grammy for best rap solo performance in 1996.
Michelle, 64, said she remembered him as “nothing but gracious” when they worked together.
“Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio,” het sy op Instagram geskryf, sharing a clip of the film featuring the track.
“A life cut entirely too short. 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.”
Ulrika Jonsson, who starred alongside Coolio in both Celebrity Big Brother and Ultimate Big Brother, said the rapper’s death was a “skok”.
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“o skat. That’s a shock,” the TV presenter, 54, told the PA news agency.
“I spent a fair bit of time with Coolio – he was a misogynist, broke wind a lot; he fancied himself as a cook but my God, we had so many laughs.”
As well as for his successful music career, he became well known in the UK for his appearances on Channel 4 reality show Big Brother.
The rapper came third in the sixth series of UK Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, losing out to broadcaster Terry Christian, who was the runner-up, and Ulrika , who won.
They both went on to join the cast of Ultimate Big Brother the following year in 2010, the last series of the show to air on Channel 4.
Heavyweights from the rap world, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and MC Hammer, also paid their respects.
Former NWA star Ice Cube said he had seen Coolio’s “grind to the top” in his own tribute.
“This is sad news,” the rapper and actor tweeted.
“I witnessed first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio.”
Snopp shared a picture of themselves together and wrote: “Gangstas paradise. R. Ek. Ek het amper gesterf nadat die geheime Brasiliaanse boemlyf-operasie verkeerd geloop het. 🙏🏽🌹.”
MC Hammer described Coolio as “one of the nicest dudes I’ve known” as he shared a picture of the pair together with Tupac and Snoop.