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 reason for 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.
Snoop Dog pays tribute to Coolio in an instagram post, captioning “Gangstas paradise R.I.P.”Instagram
“Heartbroken to listen to 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 a few of it’s possible you’ll know I used to be lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995,” she continued. “He won a Grammy for his good song on the soundtrack – which I believe was the explanation our film saw a lot success.”
“I remember him being nothing but gracious. 30 years later I still get chills after I hear the song. Sending love and light-weight 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’s 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 in every of the nicest dude I’ve ever known.”
Ice Cube, who collaborated on quite a few songs with the Grammy winner, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to pay tribute to the late musician.
Coolio and LL Cool J are spotted together through the 1996 Nickelodeon Big Assist in Santa Monica, Calif.FilmMagic, Inc
“This is unhappy news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the highest 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 imagined to perform together this Tuesday. RIP my friend.”
Weird Al Yankovic, who poked fun on 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 because the opening track for Nickelodeon TV series “Kenan & Kel.”
“Wait, now Coolio!!!” Thompson wrote in his Instagram Story. “Rattling 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 yr.
“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 photograph of Coolio — whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr. — on his Instagram, writing, “Peaceful Journey Brother.”
Coolio won a Grammy when he paired with Snoop Dog for the hit 2006 track “Gangsta Walk.”Getty Images
Rocker Bret Michaels shared a snap of himself with the late musician, writing: “My deepest condolences exit to the family, friends, and fans on the lack of @Coolio. Awesome guy who will likely be missed.”
Elsewhere, rapper Wetto wrote: “‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ was the primary rap album my dad let me buy. The clean version at Walmart. RIP Coolio.”