Fans of Coolio had struggled after his tragic demise, so seeing what he was up to before his unexpected death has come as a second gut-punch to the world.
According to TMZ, the 59-year-old rapper passed away on September 28 after being discovered on a friend’s restroom floor. His most famous song was “Gangsta’s Paradise.” When Coolio’s companion didn’t return from the bathroom and didn’t answer when he shouted his name, it’s assumed that he became worried. The companion then called 911, but regrettably, Coolio had already been declared dead.
Since the tragic news was made public, tributes to the rapper have poured in, with many of his followers posting messages of condolence on social media. A photo of Snoop Dogg and his late pal was posted on Instagram, along with other famous people’s memories of the star. He tagged Coolio’s account and wrote, “Gangstas paradise. R. I. P.” alongside different emojis, including prayer hands, a rose, and a dove. Following her appearance in the 1995 music video for Coolio’s song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Michelle Pfeifer also paid appreciation via Instagram.
And it appears like Coolio was prepared for a follow-up to smash to his hallmark song.
Tragically, Coolio was also creating new music while touring the globe to perform his back catalogue. Around two months before his passing, he confirmed he had been writing a song with Christy Dignam of the band Aslan during an interview with Irish Examiner, where he talked about his great intentions. “We’re working on a track. We haven’t even started writing any lyrics. The track is being built as we speak.
Somewhere within the next four to six weeks, we should have something tangible we could work with,” he shared per reports. “It’s probably going to be a banger, I would imagine. I don’t know if it’s going to be dark and deep or if we’re going to go clubby and happy — that remains to be seen.”
Coolio, who had been in Ireland to record some tracks, was working on an entire album, which would have been his first since 2009’s “From the Bottom 2 the Top.” In an unsettling moment, he talked candidly about the songs and expressed his opinion that “One More Night” should have been among his most well-known songs. He added that he wished to spare his pals from torment, “That song means a lot to me. It’s about me dying and going to heaven. I meet God there and say, “God, wait on. I don’t want to be dead yet. Let me go back for one night.”