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Long Beach hip-hop crooner Nate Dogg dies at 41

Nate Dogg dies at 41 Long Beach singer Nate Dogg, whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday after years of health issues. He was 41.

Nate Dogg died of complications from multiple strokes that he suffered since 2008, attorney Mark Geragos told the Associated Press.

"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 met," Snoop Dogg tweeted Tuesday night, adding, "I miss u cuzz I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up wit u and I will c u again n heaven cuz u know d slogan."

His monotone-like voice has been featured on songs by Warren G, Tupac Shakur, Ludacris and Eminem. But the hip-hop crooner got his start with fellow Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg when producer Dr. Dre signed him to the Death Row label. He made his debut in 1992 on Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" album.

He comprised the "supergroup" named 213 with Snoop Dogg and Warren G, leaving his mark on the hip-hop genre.

"I wrote the chorus to 21 questions I needed nate to sing it for me. He had a way of making everything feel hard," rapper 50 Cent tweeted about his 2003 hit song.

"There is a certain void in hip hop's heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together RT @SnoopDogg: RIP NATE DOGG," Ludacris also wrote on Twitter.

Nate Dogg dropped out of high school to join the Marines but was dishonorably discharged three years later. The West Coast rap staple also had a spate of legal issues. He was briefly involved in the drug trade and later accused of kidnapping, armed robbery, drug possession and stalking.

Many of the charges were dismissed.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Nate Dogg goes it alone in 2001. Credit: Elektra Records

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he was a through legend he will be miss....his voice was so lovely...i was do shock when i heard the news..he was great...

I cant beleive that a hip hop icon like Nate Dogg has passed away. He was one of the greats and I'm sure he will alwayz be remembered. My condolences go out to his family and God Bless.

A big inspiration in my life ... the game wont be the same without you.

R.i.p NATE DOGG U WAS DEEE BEST!!! u gonna b missed :/<3

he was a grate person and artist he will be remember for all his great songs. rip

He's one of the singer in the west coast

R.I.P.NATE DOGG.....!!!! I will always remember his music.....through out the good times, and the bad times....Just like Snoop said....all dogs go to heaven....

R.I.P Nate you was ill neva forget 21 questions

R.I.P. pimp

R.I.P Nate Dogg West coast rolling till the wheels fall out!!!

R.I.P Nate Dogg from your folks in the Bay. We still West Coast Rollin fa ya man.

R.I.P Nate Dogg,u will truly be missed...

Why leave it on a negative note?

Much love. Rip Natedogg

wow sad... rip brother

too soon rest in peace nate dogg 213

you were a real g. You will not b forgotton. My prayers r for your family and friends. Your memory will live through your music & me. Huffdogg wont forget peace:)

True legend R.I.P. nate dogg you'll live on in our hearts

I was really sadened by the passing away of Nate Dogg but i hope he rests in peace.

rest in peace nate

Soldier boy and a true legend we live to remember you.lv u


R.I.P. Nate Dogg. Hip Hop will never be the same now your gone. Much love from all lovers of Rap Music

Was the the last part (negative) necessary?

Nate Dogg will be missed, but not forgotten. He left his mark on the Hip Hop industry. Me and my dudes in Brooklyn labeled him as the king of the hooks. R.I.P my Brother!!!

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