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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

Comments () | Archives (31)

RIP Nate Dogg. Nate was a west coast legend who had a huge influence on the game,(Him and everybody associated with him) but we have to remember tomorrow is not promised, we must count our blessings, pick and chose our battles and be thankful for what we have in this life
P.S. Thank GDC for dismissing my case and probation

This is truly sad. He is one of the hip hop greats and could write a hook and chorus like nobody else. Rest in peace Nate, you will be missed.

Nate, You have gone home and in the arms of our Father. He welcomes you with open arms. Even though you have passed over, you are no longer in pain. You will be truly missed by your family, friends, and fams. God Bless You.
I wish to convey my condolences to Nate's family.

RIP king....your memories and wonderful command of the hip hop game will alwaiz live on forever...We shall miss you alot. The game wont be the same again with your great name! RIP

Nate Dogg RIP!!! Mista Grimm feat Nate Dogg is the best song yet from him yet!!

we love u w miss u...RIP cuzzz

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