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Coolio’s Final Role Will Be On Futurama

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Entertainer Coolio just suddenly left Earth last Wednesday at the unfairly young age of 59. He was most famous for being a rapper, having recited the inescapable (in 1995) Gangsta’s Paradise, but he was also an actor, racking up over 100 film and TV roles by the time of his death.

In animation, his standout role was Kwanzaabot on Futurama, a character he played three times (including in the DVD movie Bender’s Big Score). Fans might be wondering whether the unfortunate circumstances nix out a fourth appearance.

It doesn’t. Turns out the last role Coolio completed was another Kwanzaabot appearance, which he recorded the lines for a few weeks ago. Futurama producer David X. Cohen confirmed to TMZ the recordings had taken place. He also revealed we’ll hear Coolio rap one more time — an original song was created for the scene.

“Coolio was one of my favorite guests,” Cohen remembers. “He was always totally upbeat and genuinely enjoyed coming in to record as his character Kwanzaa-bot.” Cohen also told the reporter that Coolio had taken up sewing during the pandemic. The final episode with Kwanzaabot will be dedicated to Coolio and Cohen promises he will be “rapping over the credits.”

This news would also confirm an Xmas-themed episode is among the offerings planned for the two seasons of ten new episodes (making twenty) that were ordered by Hulu earlier this year. It came as a shock to fans, who had long put the series to rest since its last episode in 2013. Original voice actors Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman are all confirmed to return.

“It’s a true honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get canceled abruptly again,” Matt Groening was quoted as saying on the day of the announcement last February. The release date for the new episodes is unknown.