Coolio, Grammy-Winning ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper, dead at 59

Coolio was 59.

Coolio, whose legal name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died at the Los Angeles home.

He was nominated for five other Grammys during a career that began in the late-1980s.

Born in Monessen, Pa., south of Pittsburgh,

Coolio moved to Compton, Calif., where he went to community college.

He worked as a volunteer firefighter and in airport security before devoting himself full-time to the hip-hop scene.

His career took off with the 1994 release of his debut album on Tommy Boy Records, It Takes a Thief. It's opening track, "Fantastic Voyage," would reach No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Coolio won a Grammy for best solo rap performance for "Gangsta's Paradise," the 1995.

Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper, producer and actor best known for his 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died