'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio dead at age 59 (yahoo.com) Coolio, known for massive 1990s hip-hop hits like “Fantastic Voyage,” “C U When U Get There,” “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)” and the Dangerous Minds movie theme “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died of a suspected cardiac arrest, according to TMZ. He was 59 years old. The West Coast rapper, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., is survived by his six children. Just heard the news and am somewhat in shock, 59 is way to young to check out of the game. RIP.