Coolio was found dead on Wednesday evening, with initial reports attributing the sudden and unexpected death to a heart attack. Tributes from his fellow musicians poured in, as did tributes from Hollywood stars including Michelle Pfeiffer who described him as “nothing but gracious” and mourned a life cut entirely too short.
Since its release, “Gangsta’s Paradise” has become one of the most successful rap tracks of all time, having spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and winning the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996.
Coolio’s manager Sheila Finegan confirmed that the artist, whose real name was Artis Ivey, died on Wednesday, but she refused to confirm reports he died of a heart attack.
But that’s not the whole story. Far from it.
But before we discuss the project Coolio was working on at the time of his death, we need to acknowledge some of the eye-opening comments he made before he died. Because, there are more than a few things that are off with this death. Celebrity deaths are often bizarre, and Coolio’s is no exception.
In an interview on the Chit Chat podcast before he was found dead, Coolio said he did not believe Hollywood pedophiles like fellow music industry artist R. Kelly should be allowed to exist, before going on to say he actively, actively seeks to destroy them and it is one of his jobs to kill them.
“I’m not with that,” he told podcast host Tomeicko, adding, “I believe cats… motherfuckers that are into that type of shit, they need to be erased from… the face of the earth.”
“You know, they don’t deserve life,” he stated.
The “Gangsta’s Paradise” singer went on to say, “I actively, actively seek out those type of motherfuckers and do my best to destroy them.”
After saying, “I’m gonna leave it at that,” Coolio added, “Yeah, that’s one of my jobs, okay? You know, to kill pedophiles.”