While his Grammy-award winning 1995 hit Gangsta’s Paradise is one of the most iconic songs of all time, Coolio never quite hit the same heights again.
As of his death, unconfirmed reports suggest he had a net worth of $US1.5 million ($AU2.3 million).
Despite his surprisingly low net wealth, Coolio appeared to be living the high life right up until his death, regularly uploading photos dripping in designer gear and from his global travels.
Coolio is survived by his ten children. It’s been reported that four were from his 1996 four-year marriage to ex-wife Josefa Salinas, while six were from other relationships.
Coolio’s sprawling career was marred by several well-documented run-ins with the law.
In 1999, a German court convicted him of being an accessory to robbery and causing bodily injury. And in 2009, he was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after he was found to be in possession of crack cocaine.
Later, in 2016, he was arrested at the same airport after allegedly trying to smuggle a loaded firearm through security.
Coolio released his first album It Takes A Thief in 1994, but it was the following year when his song for the soundtrack of the movie Dangerous Minds turned him into a global star.
Gangsta’s Paradise hit the number one spot in countries worldwide – here in Australia, it stayed in the top spot for 14 weeks, while in Coolio’s home country of the US, it became the top-selling single of 1995.
While he would never repeat that chart-topping success, Coolio did enjoy further hit singles: most notably 1997’s C U When U Get There was a global top 10 hit, and he continued releasing albums up until what was to be his final release in 2009.
He also continued performing around the world, as recently as September 18 at Chicago’s Rio Fest 2022, in what was to be one of his final public performances.
Coolio also featured in dozens of films and sitcoms across his lengthy career, starring in his own string of reality shows including Cookin’ With Coolio and Coolio’s Rules.