Nate Dogg Dies at 41

Nate Dogg Dies at 41
Nate Dogg, the California singer whose voice helped define '90s West Coast hip-hop, has died. According to various media reports, Nate Dogg (born Nathaniel D. Hale) passed away on Tuesday (March 15). He was 41.

The cause of death is not yet known, but as we previously reported, Nate Dogg suffered a stroke in 2007 and another in 2008, events that sparked death rumours at the time and led to his retirement from music.

UPDATE: According to a statement from Nate Dogg's lawyer, he died from stroke-related complications.

The singer was born and raised in Long Beach, CA and got his break by guesting on Dr. Dre's iconic hip-hop landmark, The Chronic, which was released in 1992. He then went on to sing the hooks in many hip-hop hits by the likes of Eminem, Ludacris, Fabolous and Snoop Dogg.

Nate Dogg also appeared on "Regulate," the 1994 G-funk hit with Warren G. The song went on to be nominated for a Grammy and reached No. 2 on the Billboard pop charts the summer of its release.

Following the news of Nate Dogg's death, Snoop Dogg took to his Twitter, writing, "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 added, "I love u buddy luv. U will always b wit me 4ever n a day u put the g n g funk u put the 1 n 213 n u put yo stamp on evrybdy u ever didit wit."