Nate Dogg Dead at 41
Sad news. Nathaniel D. Hale, best known in the music industry as Nate Dogg, has passed away… As of this post, the cause of his death hasn’t been revealed. However, Hale had suffered two strokes in previous years… one in 2007 and another in 2008. The news was initially reported by Long Beach, Calif. newspaper the Press-Telegram.
The Long Beach native made a name for himself in the rap game on Dr. Dre’s classic album The Chronic followed by a breakthrough performance alongside Warren G on the smash record “Regulate.” Nate went on to release numerous solo albums including G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2 followed up in late 2001 with Music & Me and the latest self-titled solo album Nate Dogg.My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans. His peers in the industry expressed their shock at his untimely demise on Twitter:
“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” rapper Ludacris tweeted who worked withe Nate on his single “Area Codes.”
“I lost a friend” an emotional Game tweeted. “Been here before. Tears. Memories. One day someone will lose “US” as well. LIVING until that day comes is our only option. R.I.P. Nate Dogg. Why does it take Death to remind us about the importance of life ??? Cherish every moment cuz tomorrow he mite call your #.”
“We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb” Snoop tweeted. “One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met. 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 did it wit.”
“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” Snoop continued. “all doggs go to heaven yo homie n baby brotha bigg snoop dogg!!”
“R.I.P. TO MY HOMEBOY NATE DOGG DPGC DOGG POUND GANGSTA 4 LIFE” tweeted Daz.
“We love you Nate Dogg, it’s never going to be the same” West Coast rapper Xzibit added.
“Nate Dogg… freshness period. rest in beats” singer Erykah Badu tweeted.
“Moment of silence for a hip-hop legend; RIP Nate Dogg” comedian Dave Chappelle tweeted. “You will be missed, G Funk Era forever. #natedogg.”
“I have always said that Nate Dogg is the Marvin Gaye my lifetime. G funk classics vol 1 & 2 RIP #NATEDOGG” rapper Murs tweeted.
“What I wouldn’t give to hear him say “Roll One” just one more time” producer and friend Fred Wreck tweeted. “To the world you were a legend but to me you were my friend. iLuvUNate”