West Coast rap veteran Nate Dogg has reportedly passed away at the age of 41 after years of suffering from medical complications including two strokes in 2007 and 2008.
Reports of the singer/rapper’s passing emerged online early Wednesday (March 16) morning.
Nathaniel D. Hale, known in the music industry as Nate Dogg, died Tuesday, his family announced. The rap star, born and reared in Long Beach, Calif. was 41. Cause of death is not known. However, Hale had suffered two strokes, one in 2007 and another in 2008. Details will be available later. (Press-Telegram)
His death was later confirmed by media outlet TMZ.
Hip-hop star Nate Dogg died Tuesday after battling health issues for several years … TMZ has confirmed. Nate Dogg — real name Nathaniel D. Hale — had survived strokes in 2007 and 2008 … and was famous for his smooth vocal collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Warren G. and Dr. Dre to name a few. (TMZ)
In 2009, Warren G spoke to SOHH about Nate’s condition and wanting to raise funds for him.
“I’m talking to Snoop [Dogg] to try and do a new 213 album,” G revealed. “And we’d dedicate it to Nate. You know what I’m saying? It’s up to him if he wanna collaborate on it, we can do it. But I’ve been sending it out left and right for him to holler at me about it, we can talk and do it, you know what I’m saying? So it’s nothing, it’s easy.” (SOHH)
Nate’s run in hip-hop dates back to the early 1990’s.
After showcasing his laid-back rapping/singing delivery on Dr. Dre’s classic debut album “The Chronic,” Nate Dogg was featured on Warren G’s 1994 single “Regulate,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. The song was the first of a number of hip-hop singles, including Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” Fabolous‘ “Can’t Deny It,” Ludacris‘ “Area Codes” and Eminem’s “Shake That,” to feature a vocal hook from the rapper. Nate Dogg’s most recent solo album, “Nate Dogg,” was released in 2008. (Billboard)
Check out Warren G speaking to SOHH about Nate Dogg below: