Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nate Dogg dead at 41

Long-time West Coast G-Funk rapper Nate Dogg (real name: Nathanial D. Hale) has died. The news was announced via a family announcement in the Long Beach Press Telegram. He was 41-years-old.

No cause of death has been announced, though it has been reported that the rapper had suffered from deteriorating health in recent years, including two strokes: one in 2007, which left him paralyzed, and one in 2008.

Nate Dogg worked with some of the most paramount rappers of the past quarter century, including his work with Dr. Dre on the groundbreaking album The Chronic (1992) and Warren G on the single "Regulate" (1994), one of his most prominent works to date. He also released a series of solo albums including Music & Me (2001) and was nominated for four Grammy Awards.

Snoop Dogg, long-time friend and collaborator of Nate Dogg, including in their 90's group 213, tweeted "RIP NATE DOGG" this morning, alerting the blogosphere of his death. Warren G, also a former member of the group, tweeted news of his stroke and stay in therapy earlier this week.

UPDATE: Nate Dogg died at Laguna Niguel care facility Tuesday.
The LA Times says the cause of death was due to complications from prior strokes. He had remained in hospital care since his first stroke left him paralyzed in 2007.

Photo via MTV
Sources via The Huffington Post [1+2] & E!

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