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Scarlett O'Toole

Paramedics battled to revive Coolio for almost an hour before he was pronounced dead

Iconic rapper Coolio died at the age of 59 on Wednesday, with paramedics trying to revive him for almost an hour.

His long-time manager Jarez Posey told US media the artist was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend's house in Los Angeles.

The exact cause of his death has not yet been revealed, however Mr Posey said paramedics believed he may have had a cardiac arrest. Mr Posey confirmed the star was visiting a friend in Los Angeles when they became concerned after he went to the bathroom and didn't return.

Paramedics tried to revive Coolio and performed CPR on the star for 45 minutes before he was pronounced dead, according to TMZ.

Coolio was pronounced dead at the scene (WireImage)

The US rapper's death comes as a huge shock due to the fact he was performing and working on new music right up until his death.

Coolio was in the middle of a tour with other 90s stars including Vanilla Ice and Young MC, and they all performed in Texas just a few days ago.

"I'm freaking out I just heard my good friend Coolio passed away," Vanilla Ice wrote on Twitter when he discovered the rapper had died.

Fellow rapper Ice Cube also rushed to pay tribute to his pal.

Coolio was working right up until his death (FilmMagic)

"This is sad news. I witness first hand this man's grind to the top of the industry," he wrote on Twitter.

Michelle Pfeiffer, who played the lead role in Dangerous Minds, he shared a clip of Coolio's hit Gangsta Paradise hit tune and said she was "heartbroken" at the news.

"Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio. A life cut entirely too short. As some of you may know I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995.

"He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack - which I think was the reason our film saw so much success," she penned.

Tributes have been pouring in for the star (Redferns)

"I remember him being nothing but gracious. 30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family. Rest in Power, Artis Leon Ivey Jr," the actress added.

MC Hammer, took to Twitter to write: "One of the nicest dudes I’ve known. Good people. R.I.P. Coolio."

While LL Cool J shared a short tribute on the platform too, writing: "Rest in power my brother. @Coolio Love & Respect."

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