Coolio‘s cause of death has been revealed more than six months after he was found dead at a friend’s house in Los Angeles.

The rapper, 59, died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

The coroner’s report also included cardiomyopathy, asthma and phencyclidine, or PCP, as contributors to his death.

According to the CDC, cardiomyopathy is a “collection of diverse conditions of the heart muscle” that can make its ability to pump blood more difficult.


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Coolio’s spokesperson said the rapper went to the bathroom at a friend’s house. When he didn’t come out, the friend called for help. Once responders arrived, Coolio was pronounced dead.


Several musicians and celebrities paid tribute following the announcement of his death, including Weird Al Yankovic, Ice Cube and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Coolio rose to prominence with the release of his 1994 debut album, It Takes a Thief. It featured the hit single, “Fantastic Voyage,” which eventually became platinum-certified.

The hip-hop artist released his famous 1995 hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which featured on the soundtrack for the film Dangerous Minds. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and won the Grammy Award for best rap solo performance.

Coolio released eight studio albums over his career. He also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Batman & Robin, The Nanny, Celebrity Big Brother and All That.

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