Singer Nate Dogg dies at 41

posted 2011-03-16 07:50:18 by doug

Singer Nate Dogg (Nathaniel Dwayne Hale), who came to fame in the 1990s after debuting on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, died last night at the age of 41. The singer suffered a stroke in 2008. The cause of death has not yet been released. News of his death was first reported by the Long Beach, Calif. newspaper the Press Telegram, which confirmed the news with Nate’s family.

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.

Fellow artists Tweeted reactions to news of Nate’s death.

Snoop Dogg:
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!