Singer Nate Dogg Dead At 41 Following Complications from Strokes

March 16, 2011 8:06 am

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What came as a surprise to many on Tuesday evening, Hip Hop star Nathaniel Hale, more commonly known as Nate Dogg, passed away in Long Beach as confirmed by his family and close friends. The rapper had previously suffered from two strokes, one in 2007 and one in 2008. No word yet on the cause of his death.

Nate earned the first of four Grammy nominations in 1995 for “Regulate,” a collaboration with Warren G. His fourth and most recent nomination came for Eminem’s “Shake That” in 2007. He had produced three albums over the span of his career — G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2 (1998), Music and Me (2001), and the self-titled album Nate Dogg (2003). He found great success in many of the collaborations that he had done, most notably with rappers Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Ludacris.

Nate Dogg quickly became a trending topic on Twitter following news of his death breaking, which led to an outpouring of condolences from the hip hop community. Snoop Dogg expressed his sorrow for his friend’s passing:

We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we metless than a minute ago via web