In Los Angeles Rapper Coolio, whose 1990s successes included "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Fantastic Voyage," died on Wednesday at the age of 59, according to his manager.

Longtime manager Jarez Posey confirmed to The Associated Press that Coolio passed away at a friend's house in Los Angeles. The reason wasn't immediately obvious.

Coolio relocated to Compton, California after being born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, which is located south of Pittsburgh.

When he was a teenager, his mother sent him to Northern California for a while because she thought the city was too unsafe

"Gangsta's Paradise," a 1995 hit from the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer movie "Dangerous Minds," which sampled Stevie Wonder's, earned Coolio a Grammy for best solo rap performance.

He sold 4.8 million albums throughout his career, with 978.