Coolio's longtime manager Jarel Posey confirmed the news by saying that Coolio died around 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
The exact cause of his death has not yet been revealed,
Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr, started making music in the 1980s
Coolio won a Grammy for Gangsta's Paradise for the soundtrack of the film Dangerous Minds.
He was nominated for five other Grammys during a career that began in the late-1980s.
Over a career spanning four decades, he recorded eight studio albums and won an American Music Award and three MTV Video Music Awards.
Coolio is a talented actor as well; Coolio appeared in dozens of films and TV shows throughout his career.
Soon after his death, tributes poured in from all corners. Fans took to Twitter to pay their last respects.