According to a family announcement in his hometown newspaper, “Long Beach Press Telegram”, the rapper, Nate Dogg, (real name Nathaniel D. Hale) is dead at the age of 41. This not the first time that Nate Dogg was presumed dead: it happened back in 2008 but then he was found alive, if not so well, in a police cell. However, this time, the family have apparently confirmed the sad truth.
Fellow rapper, friend and sometimes referred to as cousin, Snoop Dogg Tweeted “RIP NATE DOGG”.
Nate, who was an important part of the west coast rap scene and collaborated on hits with many top recording artists including 50 Cent and Eminem. He got his break appearing on Dr. Dre’s classic debut solo album “The Chronic” in 1992 but he was really catapulted to fame with “Regulate”, his 1994 smash hit collaboration with Warren G.
He had battled bad health for years and despite his relatively young age, had suffered two strokes (one in 2007 and another in 2008) which had left him unable to speak, using a wheelchair and paralyzed down his left side. He was still going through rehabilitation therapy but suffered various health complications in recent years. In November 2010, Warren G. appealed for fans to help pay Nate’s mounting medical bills.
The cause of death is as yet unknown, but we will bring that news to you as soon as we get it. For now, his family have conformed that he died unexpectedly in the early hours of yesterday morning at his home in Long Beach, California.
Nate’s producer and friend, Fred Wreck, Tweeted:
“What I wouldn’t give to hear him say “Roll One” just one more time. To the world you were a legend but to me you were my friend. iLuvUNate (sic).”