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Kenan & Kel Stars Pay Tribute to Coolio: 'So Many Great Memories'

MovieWeb 9/29/2022 Jeremy Dick
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Rapper and actor Coolio has passed away, and in the aftermath of his death, many of those who knew him are paying tribute. This would include Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, the former child stars who rose to fame on Nickelodeon by performing on All That along with their own sitcom Kenan & Kel. One of Coolio's most popular songs is the Kenan & Kel theme "Aw Here It Goes," with the rapper seen performing the song with Thompson and Mitchell in the opening segment of the series.

Both Kenan & Kel stars had expressed their sadness online after Coolio's death. Thompson took to his Instagram Stories to comment on the news, including a sadface emoji with the words, "Wait, now Coolio!!!" He followed this up with a repost of Questlove sharing a photo of Coolio and added, "Damn homie!!! Rest in Power!!!"

Mitchell also took to Instagram to share some video footage of Coolio performing in a "Good Burger" sketch on All That along with the Kenan & Kel intro. Additionally, Mitchell included a more recent photo of himself alongside Coolio, and he shared some stories to reveal what happened between them the last time they saw one another.

"Rest in Heaven Coolio! We recently spoke a few months ago laughing and having such a good time," Mitchell wrote. So many great memories with you bro! That time first meeting you on All That cracking up in a Good Burger Sketch then you bringing me on stage after your performance to freestyle. Then later creating the legendary Kenan & Kel theme song for Kenan Thompson and I. You did an interview the day of filming the intro on Big Boys Neighborhood and all of Los Angeles was at Universal Studios city walk it was a party!! That time you heard about the Good Burger Pop up in Los Angeles and you hit me and the team up and said you wanted to make it part of your birthday weekend and we chopped it up!"

Mitchell added, "Last thing you told me when we last spoke a few months ago you told me you loved how I keep things positive and to keep doing that. I will Coolio and thank you for sharing your light and your 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 praying God comforts your family during this time. Much love bro!!"

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TMZ broke the story of Coolio's passing on Thursday. It was reported that a friend of the "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper had found him unresponsive in the bathroom and he was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived on the scene. It is suspected that he died of a heart attack, as there was no apparent evidence of drug use or foul play, but an autopsy and toxicology report will be conducted to determine a cause of death.

While Coolio might be gone, it's clear that his memory will live on. Rest in peace.

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