Late rapper Coolio had steered clear of drugs and excess drinking in the years leading up to his death despite struggling with substance abuse in the past, according to a close friend. .
But his manager said the cause appeared to be a heart attack, and a close friend also testified to Coolio's sobriety in recent years.
Coolio had a history of drug abuse and crack cocaine addiction but was sober in the years leading up to his death, a friend of the rapper told DailyMail.com .
Coolio's close friend Eric Yano (pictured) said never saw him drink or take any drugs in the 18 years he knew him, his manager also said his cause of death appeared to be a heart attack.
Eric Yano, a Vegas-based friend of the late rapper who has known him for 18 years told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that despite Coolio's struggles with drugs in the past, he had never seen him drink, smoke or take any substances during their two-decade friendship.
Despite his stellar success with multi-platinum records and his biggest hit, Gangsta's Paradise, reaching a billion YouTube views in July this year, Coolio was not a rich man, his friend revealed.
The manager subsequently said he was told Coolio died of a heart attack, though that has not yet been confirmed
Fan Mika Janday shared a photo posing with Coolio, who appeared happy, healthy, and engaging just days before his unexpected death at age 59
Passing: EMTs pronounced Coolio dead on the scene and an autopsy is now underway to establish the official cause of death - though law enforcement sources shared that 'no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene'
He was regularly seen puffing on an inhaler at gigs, although his friend and longtime manager, Jarez, claims he died of a heart attack