That “Dance with the Stars” Family mourns a tremendous loss in the music world. Rapper Coolio died on September 28 at the age of 59 and many professionals and former contestants are mourning the loss of this “inspirational” artist, especially actors Kel Mitchell and Melissa Joan Hartwho have both had the pleasure of working with Coolio over the years.
Here’s what they say:
The Dancing With the Stars family tributes
Many contestants and cast members took to social media to mourn the loss of the “Gangster’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage” rapper.
“I’ve had the incredible honor of working and playing with @coolio a few times and he was always there to talk to, a total gentleman and loads of fun to hang out with. What a loss! Rest in peace!,” wrote Season 9 cast member Melissa Joan Hart next to a photo of them working on an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Season 28 runner-up Kel Mitchell posted a long tribute because he has worked with Coolio on “All That” and several other projects over the years.
rest in heaven @coolio! We laughed together a few months ago and had so much fun. So many great memories with you brother! This time I first met you on “All That” when you started in a Good Burger sketch and then you took me on stage after your freestyle performance. Then later you created the iconic Kenan and Kel theme song for @kenanthompson and me. On the day of the Big Boys Neighborhood intro filming you did an interview and all of Los Angeles was at the Universal Studios City Walk it was a party!!
That’s when you heard about the Good Burger pop-up in Los Angeles and hit on me and the team and said you wanted to make it part of your birthday weekend and we chopped it up! The last thing you said to me, when we last spoke a few months ago, was that you loved how I kept things positive and that you want me to continue to do so. I will be Coolio, and thank you for sharing your light and talent with us all, and thank you for inspiring so many in your lyrics. Be at peace in the hands of our Heavenly Father and pray that God will comfort your family at this time. All my love brother!!!
Hard actually answered to Mitchell’s post and wrote: “What a loss! I’m thinking of you today, friend.”
Season 4 contestant and Season All-Star All-Star Joey Fatone wrote on his Instagram Stories, “I can’t believe it! RIP my man. Thank you for years of entertainment and love,” alongside a video of him performing with Coolio.
Season 16 contestant DL Hughley wrote on his Instagram Stories, “RIP. In memory of hip-hip legend Coolio.”
“I will miss you, brother. you were the coolest My heart is with the whole family. sooo sad” wrote Season 23 Contestant Vanilla Ice.
“RIP Coolio,” Richter wrote Carrie Ann Inaba in their Instagram Stories.
“Noooooo WTF,” wrote the professional dancer Sascha Farber in his Instagram Stories.
Season 9 contestant Macy Gray posted a photo of Tupac as an angel crying for Coolio on her Instagram Stories.
Season 27 champion bobby bone posted on his radio show’s Instagram Stories official account: “RIP to a legend. The first Casing I ever bought.”
The suspected cause of death is a heart attack
As first reported by TMZ, Coolio (real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr.) was found dead in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 28. His manager, Jarez, told the outlet that Coolio was at his friend’s house and was going to the bathroom. When he didn’t come back after a while, his friends checked on him and found him lying on the ground.
Jarez said paramedics pronounced Coolio dead at the scene and he told TMZ Coolio suffered a heart attack, although an official cause of death has not yet been released.
Law enforcement told TMZ that no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene and an autopsy will determine the official cause of death.
“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and customer Coolio, who passed away on Wednesday afternoon. He touched the world with the gift of his talent and we will miss him dearly. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers,” Coolio’s talent manager Sheila Finegan said in a statement.
Dancing With the Stars airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific Time on Disney Plus.
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