Moment Coolio shocks Aussie TV hosts by revealing he has FIVE grandchildren in TV interview just months before he died at age 59
Coolio, the American rapper known for his ’90s hit Gangsta’s Paradise, spoke about life as a grandfather in one of his last television interviews just six months ago.
The musician and father of 10, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr, died at a friend’s house in Los Angeles on Wednesday at the age of 59.
He revealed on Australian TV show Today Extra in March that he had five young grandchildren, which left hosts Sylvia Jeffreys and David Campbell visibly surprised.
Coolio, the American rapper known for his ’90s hit Gangsta’s Paradise, spoke about life as a grandfather in one of his last television interviews just six months ago
Coolio was in Melbourne promoting the Made in the ’90s Festival, a nostalgia concert tour featuring popular artists from the early 1990s.
He was asked what his children thought of his popular online cooking show, and replied: ‘They like it. “Daddy, can you cook this for me?” “Daddy, can you make that for me?” It hasn’t changed. My kids are all grown-ups. I have five grandchildren now.’
Jeffreys and Campbell were shocked that Coolio had so many grandchildren in his fifties.
Campbell asked Coolio what his grandchildren thought of his rap career.
He said they were still ‘babies’ and ‘haven’t figured it out yet’, before expressing his hope they grow up to become involved in music somehow.
He revealed on Australian TV show Today Extra in March that he had five young grandchildren, which left hosts Sylvia Jeffreys (centre) and David Campbell (left) visibly surprised
The musician and father of 10, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr, died at a friend’s house in Los Angeles on Wednesday at the age of 59. Coolio is survived by his ex-wife Josefa Salinas, whom he married in 1996. The former couple split four years later after having four children
He was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in LA at about 4pm on Wednesday. (Pictured: Coolio at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City)
Coolio is thought to have had as many as 10 children, with some allegations that he has more with multiple women.
He had four children with his ex-wife Josefa Salinas: daughters Artisha, Brandi and Jackie, and son Artis.
Coolio was married to Salinas from 1996 to 2000.
The musician was a keen chef and launched the popular web series Cookin’ with Coolio. He also released a cookbook, titled Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price (pictured)
Coolio died on Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles. He was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor of a friend’s house at about 4pm.
Medics pronounced his dead on the scene and an autopsy is now under way to establish the official cause of death, though law enforcement sources said ‘no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene’ and they do not suspect foul play.
Paramedics suspected he suffered a cardiac arrest, according to the star’s longtime manager, Jarez Posey.
Many celebrities have taken to social media to share their condolences, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Ice Cube and MC Hammer.
Michelle Pfeiffer led tributes to Coolio, after they worked together in the 1995 film Dangerous Minds, which featured Gangsta’s Paradise on its soundtrack
Pfeiffer and Coolio worked together in the 1995 film Dangerous Minds, which had Gangsta’s Paradise on its soundtrack. She featured in the song’s famous music video.
‘Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio. A life cut entirely too short,’ the actress wrote on Instagram.
‘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.’
Other celebrities including Ice Cube and MC Hammer shared tributes