Coolio, the 'Gangsta Paradise' rapper, dies at 59

From a child with bookish asthma to a crack addict,

By far the mainstream recording powerhouse

Coolio paved a path to hip-hop superstardom like no other.

West Coast Rapper Coolio's Gritty Music

Songs such as "Gangsta Paradise" helped define hip-hop in the 1990s.

He died in Los Angeles on Wednesday at the age of 59.

His longtime manager Jarez Posey confirmed his death

Mr Posey, who has worked with the rapper for over 20 years, said he was told