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Grammy-winning rapper Coolio died of a heart attack on Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, his manager Jarel "Jarez" Posey confirmed to TMZ and Rolling Stone. He was 59.

Coolio was visiting a friend when he collapsed and died on the bathroom floor, according to reports.

The rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was best known for his hit singles "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Fantastic Voyage."

"Gangsta's Paradise" sampled Stevie Wonder's 1976 song "Pastime Paradise". Wonder gave his approval to use the sample only if the song did not contain any profanity.

"Gangsta's Paradise" won the 1996 Grammy for Best Solo Rap Performance and was nominated for a Best Song of the Year Grammy.

Tributes continue to pour in on Twitter and Facebook.


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More details have emerged about former UCLA men's basketball star Jalen Hill whose skeletal remains were found in Costa Rica. He was 22.

Costa Rican officials positively identified Hill's remains through DNA analysis with samples from his family, according to reports. An investigation into his death continues.

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Costa Rican authorities said Hill went missing in July after traveling to Costa Rica in April. His remains were found on August 8.

According to The L.A. Times, Hill's remains were found in the Napoles de Tarrazu region about 40 miles south of San Jose. The outlet said his remains "were found in a mountainous coffee-growing area popular with tourists because of its hiking trails."

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Police released a "missing tourist" poster featuring Hill's picture on August 10, after his body was found.

Hill's father, George Hill, announced his death on Instagram on Tuesday. His cause and manner of death are still undetermined.

Hill's sister, Tatianna, said in an Instagram post on Tuesday she was returning to the states after traveling to Costa Rica with her brother in April. She said they explored tourist attractions, and "smoked some great weed".

"Came to Costa Rica with my best friend and now I'm leaving without you," she captioned a photo of Hill when he was a toddler. "Your [sic] resting in true paradise right now and I have to accept that."

She continued:

"[T]hose first 2 months were amazing, we explored the jungles and beaches together, went Airbnb hopping, ate great food fresh from the ocean and smoked some great weed lol... I felt like on this trip I got to know the real Jalen, the little boy I knew growing up. You're probably in the astrals somewhere building mansions, discovering new realms and doing all the things you used to tell me about."

Hill, a former Corona Centennial High basketball star, was recruited by the UCLA men's basketball program in 2017. He started for the Bruins during the 2018-2019 season.

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In 2017, Hill was suspended for being one of three UCLA players detained in China for shoplifting a pair of sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store.

He later said his arrest in China at age 17 triggered his depression and anxiety.

He quit the team in 2021 after playing 77 games over three seasons for the Bruins.

"It was a tough decision to make, but once I knew what I had to do, it wasn't hard, like I figured out, like, this is going to help me," Hill told The Times in a 2021 interview.

In a video posted on his Instagram page on April 6, 2021, Hill said "I never felt this happy before in my life. I'm just happy to be alive."

Watch the video below.

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Former UCLA basketball star Jalen Hill was found dead after he went missing in Costa Rica. He was 22.

Initial news reports stated that his body was found "several days" after he went missing.

However, Costa Rican authorities report Jalen was last seen alive on July 7, 2022. His family reported him missing on August 10 in Costa Rica.

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According to a source, the family had hoped Jalen would turn up after going off the grid to clear his head.

Jalen's father, George Hill, announced his death in a post on Instagram. No cause or manner of death was reported.

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Hill was one of several UCLA players detained in China in 2017 on suspicion of shoplifting a pair of sunglasses from Louis Vuitton.

Jalen, LiAngelo Ball, and another player were released by Chinese officials after then-President Donald Trump intervened on their behalf.

In an Instagram video posted on April 6, 2021, Jalen said he suffered from anxiety and depression after being detained in China at age 17.

The 6-foot-10 forward said his mental issues led him to quit the team in 2021.

"I never felt this happy before in my life," he said. "I'm just happy to be alive."

Watch the video below.

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Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill has passed away after his family reported he went missing in Costa Rica. He was 22.

His body was found several days after he went missing.

Jalen's family announced the tragic news on Instagram on Tuesday. A cause of death was not disclosed. No other information is available on his death.

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Hill is best known as one of the UCLA players detained in China in 2017 on suspicion of shoplifting a pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses.

Jalen, LiAngelo Ball, and another player were released after then-President Donald Trump intervened on their behalf.

In a video in April 2017, Jalen said he suffered from anxiety and depression after being detained in China.

He said his mental issues led him to quit the team in 2021.

"The head space I was in, it was damaging the team," he said. Jalen reported he felt happier than he ever did in his life after he quit the team.

Jalen's father, George Hill, played basketball at Kansas State University.

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A Detroit boxer was fatally shot during a family dispute on Monday. He was 28.

Isiah's manager Roshawn Jones confirmed his passing in an emotional Instagram post. He said Isiah was shot in the head during an argument with his brother.

Roshawn said he was at home in Toledo, Ohio when he got the call.

"I instantly broke down in tears and was hurt," Roshawn Jones said. "It's a tragedy for it to happen like that."

Police say Isiah was fatally shot at a home on Stout Street near Westfield Avenue.

"Isaiah was a hardworking individual. He was determined," Roshawn Jones told 7 Action News. "He was strong. He was a great father."

Isiah Jones was a 2016 Golden Gloves National Champion who leaves behind two kids.

"I was trying to get him for the last 30 days to come down (to Toledo) to the gym and start training at the gym, so he could isolate himself from his friends and that type of negative energy that was in Detroit at the time," Roshawn Jones said.

"People aren't perfect in life, but when they are fighting demons, sometimes the demons take over. Whether it's their friends they're involved with, family they're involved with, they just can't overcome those obstacles."

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A security guard for Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles says he may have been the last person rapper PnB Rock saw before he died.

Police say PnB Rock was shot during an armed robbery while eating lunch with his girlfriend at the restaurant on Main and W. Manchester Avenue in South Central L.A. around 1:20 p.m. Monday.
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Police say the 30-year-old rapper was shot multiple times by a gunman who demanded his jewelry.

A writer for the Rolling Stone magazine spoke with a security guard who is seen in a gruesome cell phone video rendering first aid to Rock after the shooting.

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The security guard said he took Rock's girlfriend's phone to call 911 because she was too hysterical to make the call.

"She was screaming and didn't know what to do," he said. "The robbery happened fast. They took some items. He had multiple chains on."

The security guard said he urged the Philadelphia rapper to control his apparent cheyne-stokes breathing.

"I was telling him, 'Be calm, be calm, get control of your breathing," he said. "And then his breathing declined. It went all the way down. I think he was gone. He was just gone."

The security guard said he did not get a good look at the suspects.

"It was a blur. I had my glasses off. God put me in a position to not see shit."

Meanwhile, Rock's girlfriend Stephanie Sibounheuang deleted her Instagram page amid accusations that she caused his death by dropping his location in an Instagram post.

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R&B singer Jesse Powell died at his Los Angeles home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, his family announced. He was 51.

Mr. Powell's death was confirmed by his sister, R&B singer Tamara Powell, in a post on Instagram early Wednesday.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother and uncle Jesse Powell," she wrote.

"He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home. The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy."

"Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career. We want you all to know that you meant the world to him."

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An industry insider says Powell's death was "not unexpected" and his manner of death will be listed as natural causes.

The Gary, Indiana native and his singing siblings, Trina, Tamara and younger brother Jacob, performed at talent shows in the early 1990s.

He was discovered by music industry veteran Louil Silas Jr. who signed him to his independent imprint, Silas Records, which later merged with MCA Records.

The second release off his self-titled debut album was a cover of The Enchantments' song "Gloria" in 1996. Powell's cover of "Gloria" peaked at number 51 on the Billboard R&B chart.

Powell's signature hit song "You" was included on his self-titled debut album in 1996 and on his second album 'Bout It in 1998.

"You" was released as the second single off 'Bout It in 1999.

"You" quickly became a fan favorite on R&B radio stations. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1999.

'Bout It was eventually certified gold by the RIAA.

Mr. Powell's fourth and final studio album Jesse was released on October 14, 2003. He retired from the music industry soon afterwards.

Even though Powell's silky smooth voice melted women's hearts everywhere, he was reportedly gay. He never married and did not have children.

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Cardi B and Nicki Minaj had very different reactions after aspiring rapper PnB Rock was shot dead during an armed robbery on Monday.

The 30-year-old rapper, real name Rakim Hasheem Allen, was dining with his girlfriend at a Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles restaurant in Los Angeles when the suspect approached their table.

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The suspect allegedly targeted PnB Rock for his diamond jewelry, which he routinely flashed in social media posts.

According to police, the suspect shot Rock and fled the restaurant. A chilling video shows the aftermath of the shooting, as Rock lay in a pool of blood.

Fans took to social media and blamed Allen's girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang, the mother of his two daughters, for sharing their location in an Instagram photo.

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However, rapper Cardi B, 29, chastised her followers for blaming Sibounheuang for Rock's death.

"I highly doubt nikkas was looking at PMB's babymom IG," she tweeted on Monday.

"He was in a bad location and people stay outside plotting. It's very irresponsible and inconsiderate to blame her for something so tragic. We should be sending nothing but love to her and his family at this time."

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Nicki Minaj, 39, took a different approach. She seemed to blame Allen's baby mama for posting their location.

"After Pop Smoke there's no way we as rappers or our loved ones are still posting locations to our whereabouts. To show waffles & some fried chicken????! He was such a pleasure to work with. Condolences to his mom & family. This makes me feel so sick. Jesus. #SIP #PnbRock."

She added:

"The ppl around these rappers gain so much. It's time to start really reminding them over & over!!! At least TRY to put your foot down if you CARE! Tell them!!! You're not loved like you think you are!!! You're prey!!!! In a world full of predators!!!! What's not clicking???!!!"

"Y'all r not the ones that be bawling crying after you just worked with or just spoke to ONE OF YOUR OWN!!!!! I BELONG TO THIS SHIT. IMA FKNG SPEAK ON IT!!!! If it gets attention from y’all being ignorant than so be it!!! At least it'll save lives. FOH."

Instagram blogger DJ Akademiks may have conducted PnB Rock's final interview.

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In the interview, the Philadelphia native described a previous robbery attempt in Los Angeles.

Rock said he carries a gun on him for his protection because criminals are bold in the Democratic stronghold city.

"I be on my sh-t too, you feel me? I be on angles, I'm already watching everything that's going on. So, it's gonna be kinda hard for you to get me, because I used to do the same sh-t."

When Akademiks asked if he was ever robbed, Rock replied:

"No, I never got robbed. Ever in my life. I ain't gonna say never, 'cause... I don't like saying never. I'm not superstitious. I'm not superstitious or nothing like that. But, I haven't been robbed... A ni--a can't just walk up on me. Feel me? A ni--a can't just even look at me."

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Rapper PNB Rock was fatally shot by an armed robber inside a Los Angeles Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles restaurant on Monday, Sept. 12.

The aspiring rapper was best known for his 2015 single "Fleek" and 2016 single "Selfish", which peaked at number 51 on Billboard.

The LAPD confirmed to Billboard magazine that a man was fatally shot at the restaurant on Main Street and Manchester Avenue around 1:15 p.m. PT.

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Rock, real name Rakim Hasheem Allen, was at the restaurant with his girlfriend, who posted his location in a now-deleted photo on Instagram.

A short while later, an armed robber approached Allen and attempted to rob him of his jewelry before shooting him.

Drill rapper King Yella posted graphic video of the aftermath of the fatal shooting on his YouTube channel.

Los Angeles police Capt. Kelly Muniz said the robber fled the fast food eatery after the shooting.

"He shot the victim and ran out the side door to a getaway car and then fled the parking lot," Muniz said.

Muniz said the 30-year-old rapper was targeted for his jewelry.

The Philadelphia native told Paper Magazine that he dropped out of high school to pursue a rap career. He said he was inspired to be a rapper after listening to Drake's album Take Care.

Allen's father was murdered when he was three years old. He is survived by two minor daughters.

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Aspiring rapper and YouTuber S.dot, aka Dotarachi, died following heart surgery, his girlfriend, Holly confirmed in a Facebook post on Wednesday. He was 27.

S.dot was born with a congenital heart defect and has endured multiple heart surgeries.

The Chicago drill rapper was known for his regional hit song "Skrilla."

The founder of rap collective 485 was a member of Chicago's 600 gang, a Black Disciples set. He later released music on his YouTube channel, DotarachiVevo, before becoming well known as a YouTuber with his girlfriend, Holly.

In an emotional video on the "Holly and Sdot" YouTube channel, S.dot asked for prayers before going in for surgery to repair a tear in his aorta, the main artery that feeds oxygenated blood to the body.

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"I don't know what to do," said Holly. "I kinda feel sad but I try not to feel sad because I don't want you to feel sad," she told S.dot, before breaking down in tears.

"I feel like I don't know how to comfort you, so it's kinda like... I know you was saying, 'be realistic,' but ... what do you say, you know? I guess I just want you to go into it with a positive spirit."

S.dot responded, "Everybody else on the outside looking in and be like, you gon' be good? You gon' be good?' But what if I don't be good? ... What if I'm not good?"

He then told Holly he loved her and she should move on without him.

Watch the emotional video below.

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Former CNN anchorman Bernard Shaw passed away Wednesday after battling pneumonia "unrelated to Covid-19," Shaw's family announced in a statement on Thursday. He was 82.

"In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bernard Shaw Scholarship Fund at the University of Chicago. The Shaw family requests complete privacy at this time," the family said in their statement.

Shaw began his journalism career as an anchor and reporter for WNUS in Chicago. He worked as a reporter for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company in Chicago, before moving to Washington as the White House correspondent.

Shaw was CNN's first Black anchor and its chief anchorman when the all-news cable network launched on June 1, 1980. He worked for CNN until he retired in 2001.

CNN reports the funeral services will be private and attended by family and close friends only. A public memorial will be planned at a later time.

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David A. Arnold, comedian and creator of Nickelodeon's "That Girl Lay Lay," died suddenly on Wednesday. He was 54.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold," Arnold's family said in a statement on Thursday.

"David passed away peacefully today in his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death due to natural causes. Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy at this time as we are all shocked and [devastated] by this loss."

Industry insiders were shocked by the news of his passing.

"Wow. He was my friend from my hometown of Cleveland," said lifestyle blogger Tammie Reed, of TalkingwithTami.com.

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Chris Spencer, a comedian and close friend of Arnold, said the comedy community "mourns the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it." Spencer added that Arnold, pictured with his wife Julie Harkness Arnold, was "admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and revered by the burgeoning comedians that he mentored. He will be deeply missed, especially by his comedy fraternity."

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Arnold was a stand-up comedian and the creator, showrunner and executive producer of Nickelodeon's live-action comedy "That Girl Lay Lay," starring rapper Alaya High (right) as an artificially intelligent avatar that comes to life.

The comedy series premiered in September 2021 and was renewed for Season 2 in January 2022.

Arnold is survived by his wife of 19 years, Julie, and their teenage daughter, Anna Grace Arnold.

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Stacey Dash trended on social media when she became emotional after discovering that rapper DMX died over a year ago.

DMX, born Earl Simmons, died of a cocaine-induced heart attack in White Plains, NY on April 9, 2021. He was 50.

Stacey felt ashamed that she was one of the few people who didn't know DMX was dead.

"Okay y'all. I'm ashamed... I didn't know DMX died, I didn't know, from a cocaine overdose," she cried. "I am, I am today six years and one month clean. It breaks my heart, it breaks my heart. He lost to it, he lost. He lost to that demon of addiction."

She begged her followers to stay off the drugs. "Please, please don't lose," she cried.

She captioned her TikTok video:

"I was strolling [sic] through #tiktok and found a #DMX song that has saved me many times. Suddenly it says #RIP. I know I am late, i did not know he passed away, he #OD I am heartbroken - he was such a great guy."

Black Twitter didn't believe Stacey's tears were genuine. Singer, actor Tyrese was among the many doubters.

"Ain't no way this is real," he tweeted.

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Yet others acknowledged that some people don't live their entire lives on social media. So they may not know that celebrities died of drug overdoses.

Watch the video and read reactions on Twitter below.

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Lifetime TV network responded to rumors that actress Anne Heche was working on a film about Jeffrey Epstein and human trafficking before she tragically lost her life.

Heche, 53, died on August 12 following a fiery car crash into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles on August 5.
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Rumors spread that Heche was working on a film titled Girl in Room 13 about financier Epstein and his global human trafficking ring.

One Twitter user wrote: "So actress Anne Heche, who died in a fiery car crash, was working on a movie titled "The Girl In Room 13" about the Jeffrey Epstein ring."


However, Lifetime said the movie is based on real life events, and stars Heche as a woman in search of her daughter who becomes a victim of human trafficking.

The movie, which is scheduled for release in September, has nothing to do with Epstein's abuse ring according to Lifetime, as reported by Reuters and Newsweek.

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Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges in July 2019. He took his own life in his jail cell in Manhattan one month later.

Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, 61, was convicted of child sex trafficking and other offenses, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in New York on June 28, 2022.

Former President Donald Trump reportedly pulled strings to get Maxwell transferred to a Club Fed-style minimum security prison in Florida.

His Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida was raided by federal agents weeks later.

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According to a report, actress Anne Heche's car was remotely hacked and controlled by an unknown person before it crashed.

Rumors swirled online that Heche's car was remotely hacked because she was about to release a film exposing sex trafficking in Hollywood.

According to an article in Motoring Life, a security flaw in Mini Cooper cars left the vehicles open to hacking.

"The fear that your car can be hacked and made to crash is not new, and it's not completely unfounded," the Washington Post wrote in a recent article. "Concerns about automotive cyber security have been raised since automakers began outfitting cars and trucks with computer-controlled systems."

Heche, 53, was pronounced brain dead days after her electric Mini Cooper crashed into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood on Aug. 5.

Seconds before the fiery crash, the actress' car plowed into a garage at an apartment complex. A resident ran outside and snapped a photo of Heche before she sped off.

Minutes later, a Ring doorbell camera captured the blue Mini Cooper careening down a residential street. Seconds later, brakes screeching followed by a collision can be heard on the Ring camera.

The impact sparked a blaze that destroyed the house. The homeowner barely made it out alive with her two dogs and a turtle.

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Heche was pulled out of the home's rubble about an hour later.

Video footage from a Los Angeles news station shows Heche covered in a white sheet on a gurney. Firefighters apparently did not provide emergency medical treatment such as oxygen or intravenous fluids - life-saving measures that are standard for a patient suffering from smoke inhalation and burns.

Videos show Heche sitting up on the gurney and appearing to struggle with the firefighters.

The firefighters likely assumed she was dead - until she threw the sheet off of her face and sat up abruptly on the gurney.

Paramedics rushed Heche to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital where she slipped into a coma and died on August 11.

A salon owner who spoke with Heche minutes before the crash said she was alert and did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Richard Glass, owner of Glass Hair Design salon in Venice Beach, said Heche stopped in to buy a red wig from him.

Glass shared a photo of himself posing with the star on Instagram. He captioned the image: "So I met @anneheche today and she purchased a #redwig so random.."

Glass vigorously denied rumors that he supplied the actress with drugs prior to the accidents.

Blood work showed Heche had fentanyl and cocaine in her system in the hospital.

Heche previously discussed her battles with drugs in interviews and on her podcast.

"I drank. I smoked. I did drugs. I had sex with people. I did anything I could to get the shame out of my life," she told ABC News in 2001.

Heche said she used drugs because of unresolved childhood issues. She said she was sexually abused by her father, Donald Heche.

"I'm not crazy, but it's a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me."

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Heche, a native of Aurora, Ohio, dated actress and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres in the 1990s. Following their breakup, she stripped down to her bra and panties in the California desert and walked a mile to a stranger's home, where she showered before she was transported to a hospital mental ward.

"I was told to go to a place where I would meet a spaceship," Heche told the homeowner. "I was told in order to get on the spaceship that I would have to take a hit of ecstasy."