Coolio died from fentanyl, confirmed to his manager Jarel (Jarez) Posey Variety.
The rapper’s family said he also had traces of heroin and methamphetamine in his system.
Coolio died on September 28 at the age of 59. According to TMZ, the Grammy-winning rapper, producer and actor was found at a friend’s house. His cause of death was not immediately known at the time, although it was later believed that he suffered a heart attack.
Coolio was best known for his 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which he recorded for the film “Dangerous Minds” starring Michelle Pfeiffer. It quickly became one of the most popular rap songs of all time, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and ending 1995 as that year’s No. 1 single in the United States. In 1996, “Gangsta’s Paradise” was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards, with Coolio winning the latter.
“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon. He moved the world with the gift of his talent and he will be sorely missed,” Sheila Finegan, his manager at Trinity Artists International, said in a statement to Variety. “Thank you to everyone who has heard his music around the world and to everyone who has reached out regarding his passing. Keep Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”
Beyond music, Coolio was also an actor and television personality, appearing on series like “The Nanny” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and reality shows like “Celebrity Big Brother.” He was also passionate about food, having released his own cookbook “Cooking with Coolio” in 2009 and competing on the Food Network series “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” where he came in second place.
TMZ was the first to report Coolio’s cause of death.