Born Nathaniel D. Hale, known to everyone as Nate Dogg, died Tuesday, his family announced.
Cause of death is not known at this time but the 41-yr-old rapper suffered two strokes, one in 2007 and another in 2008. The last stroke left him paralyzed on the left side of his body. He was in an occupational rehab facility, where ”neural-muscular issues that have to be jump-started.” Those issues extend to his sense of touch and the ability to walk correctly, his manager McGrew told MTV back in 2008.
Following his debut on The Chronic, Nate’s streetwise-smooth hooks were an integral part of the loosely defined 1990s hip-hop subgenre known as G-Funk. He appeared on records by Warren G (“Regulate”), Snoop Dogg (“B—– Please”), and several tracks by Tupac, and later sung hooks on records by Ludacris, 50 Cent, Eminem, and many others. He also released a number of solo albums, including G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2, Music & Me, and Nate Dogg.
As news of Nate’s death hit the media, Celebs reacted via Twitter:
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. 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. 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 all doggs go to heaven yo homie n baby brotha bigg snoopdogg!!
Ludacris: 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.
50 Cent: I just landed nate dog is dead damn. GOD BLESS HIM R.I.P he meant a lot to west coast hiphop. Iv always been a fan of it. 50cent
I wrote the chorus to 21 questions I needed nate to sing it for me. He had a way of making everything feel hard.
Xzibit: We love you Nate Dogg, it’s never going to be the same. We lost a solider, a father, a legend, a homie. My condolences go out to Ms. Ruth and the entire family. Celebrate
Dave Chappelle: Moment of silence for a hip-hop legend; RIP NateDogg. You will be missed, G Funk Era forever. #natedogg
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