Rap and hip-hop’s biggest names rushed to social media following the news of Coolio’s death at age 59 on Wednesday.
The “Gangsta’s Paradise” hitmaker’s official cause of death is pending though cardiac arrest is suspected.
Fellow rapper Snoop Dogg, who collaborated with the Grammy winner on his 2006 track “Gangsta Walk,” rushed to Instagram to pay his respects.
“Gangstas paradise. R. I. P. 🙏🏽🌹 🕊 ♿️🚾. @coolio,” he wrote alongside a snap of the pair together.
“Scarface” star Michelle Pfeiffer, who famously had a cameo in Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” music video, paid tribute to the late musician on social media.
“Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a clip of the music video. “A life cut entirely too short.”
“As some of you may know I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995,” she continued. “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. ❤️,” Pfeiffer added.
“Rest in power my brother. @Coolio Love & Respect,” rapper LL Cool J wrote.
NBA star LeBron James was also saddened by Coolio’s death, writing the rapper’s name alongside a string of dove emojis.
“Exactly where he is now! GANGSTA’S PARADISE,” James wrote.
Fellow 90’s rap icon MC Hammer also showed love to the late rapper on Twitter, calling him “one of the nicest dude I’ve ever known.”
Ice Cube, who collaborated on numerous songs with the Grammy winner, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to pay tribute to the late musician.
“This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry,” he tweeted alongside reports of Coolio’s passing, adding “Rest In Peace.”
Rapper Flava Flav, who hails from NYC, also paid touching tribute to the late musician.
“Coolio was the West Coast Flavor Flav, He loved telling everyone that,” he wrote. “We was supposed to perform together this Tuesday. RIP my friend.”
Weird Al Yankovic, who poked fun at the rapper’s hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” with a parody version titled “Amish Paradise,” tweeted, “RIP Coolio”
SNL star Kenan Thompson was left devastated by the news. Coolio’s hit “Aw, Here It Goes!,” served as the opening track for Nickelodeon TV series “Kenan & Kel.”
“Wait, now Coolio!!!” Thompson wrote in his Instagram Story. “Damn homie!!! Rest in Power!!!”
“I’m freaking out I just heard my good friend Coolio passed away,” the “Ice Ice Baby” rapper tweeted. The pair toured together last year.
“God Bless The Dead. 🙏🏾💙,” rapper Killer Mike wrote on Twitter.
Actor Martin Lawrence also took to Twitter to send his “deepest condolences and prayers” to the rapper’s family.
Questlove shared a photo of Coolio — whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr. — on his Instagram, writing, “Peaceful Journey Brother.”
Rocker Bret Michaels shared a snap of himself with the late musician, writing: “My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends, and fans on the loss of @Coolio. Awesome guy who will be missed.”
Elsewhere, rapper Wetto wrote: “‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ was the first rap album my dad let me buy. The clean version at Walmart. RIP Coolio.”
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