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March 16th, 2011
Nate Dogg, an originator of the West Coast G-Funk sound, has passed away at the age of 41. The cause of death has not been revealed, however, he suffered two strokes in the last four years, the first of which left him paralyzed.
Born Nathaniel Hale, the rapper was known best for his association with Death Row Records and artists like Dr. Dre, who gave him his debut on his classic 1992 album, The Chronic. While he released three albums, he was known more as a collaborator, he co-wrote the smash hit “Regulate” with Warren G, and worked with artists such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac, going on to feature and contribute to over 40 chart singles as well as earn four Grammy nominations.
According to friend/collaborator Warren G, back in November Nate Dogg “was alert but not speaking” and still “undergoing therapy.”
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