By Alexandra Del Rosario Los Angeles Times (TNS)and Tribune Media Services
Rapper Coolio died in September due to the effects of fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine, the Los Angeles medical examiner determined Thursday.
The Grammy-winning “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., died Sept. 28, 2022. He was 59.
According to information in the coroner database on Thursday, cardiomyopathy, asthma and recent PCP use also factored into the musician’s death. Cardiomyopathy is a “disease of the heart muscle that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
His death was ruled an accident.
In September, Coolio’s representative Jarez Posey told TMZ that the musician was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor at a friend’s house. He suspected cardiac arrest was to blame. Posey told the website Thursday that fentanyl was found to have killed the rapper, who also had traces of heroin and methamphetamine in his system.
“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client,” Coolio’s manager Sheila Finegan announced in September. “He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly.”
Shortly after news of the rapper’s death spread, fellow musicians and Hollywood stars paid tribute on social media.
“Dangerous Minds” star Michelle Pfeiffer honored the “gift artist” in an Instagram video.
“A life cut entirely too short,” Pfeiffer captioned an Instagram video. “As some of you may know I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995. He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack — which I think was the reason our film saw so much success.”
The rapper’s family will honor his legacy “through documentaries and film,” TMZ said Thursday.
Coolio was cremated. He is survived by 10 children. He was married only once to radio personality Josefa Salinas, who died in November.