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Nate Dogg dies at 41 from stroke complications, lawyer says

03/16/2011 by Corinne Heller

Nate Dogg has died at the age of 41 of complications from multiple strokes, a lawyer said on Wednesday, March 16.

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The hip hop star, whose real name was Nathaniel D. Hale, was known for his collaborations with rappers Snoop Dogg and Warren G.

Nate Dogg suffered two strokes in 2007 and 2008. Attorney Mark Geragos said he died on Tuesday of complications from them, according to the Associated Press.

"We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb," Snoop Dogg said on his Twitter page. "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."

Warren G said on his Twitter page on Sunday that Nate Dogg was in therapy following his two strokes, but did not elaborate.

Following his most recent stroke, Nate Dogg reportedly lost the ability to speak. "When I go see him, he knows who I am," Warren G told HipHollywood in a video interview in November 2010. "I talk to him, play music to him. He had two strokes and that's real dangerous."

Nate Dogg rose to fame in the 1990s. He began singing in the New Hope Baptist Church choir in Long Beach, California, but his hip hop career started when he joined Snoop Dogg and Warren G in the trio 213. His voice was featured Warren G's hit "Regulate" and he also collaborated with many other rappers, including Dr. Dre, Ludacris and Eminem. Nate Dogg later released several solo albums, including G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2.

"There is a certain void in hip hop's heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together," Tweeted Ludacris, who worked with Nate Dogg on the song "Area Codes."

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