Coolio, the '90s rapper who had hits like "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Fantastic Voyage," has died, his friend and manager Jarez Posey told CNN. He was fifty-nine years old. Posey said Coolio died Wednesday afternoon.

There was no immediate comment on the situation. CNN quoted, Capt. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that firefighters and paramedics responded to a call in the 2900 block of South Chesapeake Ave. 

at 16. local time for medical emergency reports. Upon arrival, they found an unresponsive man and performed "resuscitation efforts for approximately 45 minutes". 

The patient "was determined dead just before 5:00 p.m.," Scott said. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon 

Thank you to everyone around the world who listened to his music and to everyone who mourned his death. Please keep Coolio's loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. 

“I was very surprised. Coolio is a friend and one of the warmest and funniest people I have ever met. We had an amazing time together making Red Water in Capetown and loved competing in the kitchen. It is one of a kind. 

Former NBA player Matt Bonner also recalled his time with Coolio, saying in a Twitter post that the rapper was a "big hoops fan...we welcomed him to the games there.  

"I'm not looking for a job, I'm looking for a way to get rid of it - a way to get away from drugs," he told the paper. "It's going to kill me, and I know I'm going to stop.