Nate Dogg, the voice behind many of hip-hop's most infectious hooks, has died. He was 41.
He died Tuesday, his family told the Press Telegram of his native Long Beach, Calif. A cause of death was not given, but he had suffered two strokes in 2007 and 2008.
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Rapper/collaborator Warren G
that Nate was "in therapy" after his two strokes, adding: "Thanks again for your support".Born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, Nate began singing as a child in church before forming the rap trio 213 with Snoop Dogg
and Warren G in 1991. A year later, he made his debut on Dr. Dre
's landmark album The Chronic
and followed that up with a breakthrough performance alongside Warren G on the classic hip-hop track "Regulate." The tune earned a Grammy nomination; Nate would go on to receive three more.Armed with a smooth baritone, Nate sang hooks on Snoop's debut Doggystyle
and frequently collaborated with Tupac
, most notably on "How Long Will They Mourn Me." He would go on to release four albums of his own, including his debut G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2
and the highly successful Music & Me
, led by the hit single "I Got Love."
Watch the music video for "I Got Love"
He also contributed his trademark stylish hooks to records by Ludacris
, 50 Cent
and others."We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986," Snoop Dogg wrote
in a series of tweets. "I love u buddy luv. U will always b wit me 4ever n a day ... u put yo stamp on evrybdy u ever didit wit."He continued: "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 ... all doggs go to heaven ...""There is a certain void in hip hop's heart that can never be filled," Ludacris tweeted
. "Glad we got to make history together."
Watch the music video for "Regulate" below: