Reports say that the family of legendary West Coast Hip-Hop singer Nate Dogg believes that his death was caused by complications stemming from two strokes he suffered over the past couple of years. According to TMZ.com, Nate’s close friend and manager Rod McGrew told the site that Nate’s death was unexpected — since he was making significant progress in his recovery from the most recent stroke he suffered back in 2008.
McGrew said, that Nate was, “95% recovered from the first stroke in 2007” when a second stroke occurred in 2008, leaving Nate partially paralyzed and causing partial memory loss. McGrew added that Nate had “cognitively fully recovered” — meaning he got his memory back and was fully alert and aware all the way up to his final days.
- In a statement on behalf of himself and Nate’s family, McGrew said, “We appreciate the enormous outpouring of response from all over the world. We greatly appreciate that and thank everyone for their prayers and support.”
- The statement continued, “We know that Nate will be hanging out with his good friends 2Pac and Biggie.”
- Nate’s official cause of death has not been released. No funeral or memorial plans have been made yet, but could be announced as soon as today (March 16th)
CELEBRITIES REACT TO NATE DOGG’S DEATH
Celebrities have reacted to the death of the legendary, Grammy-nominated West Coast hip hop singer Nate Dogg, who passed away at age 41 on Tuesday (March 15th) — reportedly due to complications from two prior strokes. Rap star Eminem praised Nate for being influential to a generation of artists. He told E! News, “Nate’s voice in music will never be replaced. He helped create the blueprint for West Coast hip-hop, and I was one of the lucky people who had the privilege to work with him and the honor to have him as a friend.” He continued, “Nate will be sorely missed. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”
Nate’s close friend and collaborator Warren G also spoke on Nate’s death. He said, “Nate’s passing is a terrible loss to all of those who loved him or had the opportunity to work with him. He will be greatly missed but he would want us to celebrate his life and the music he made.” He added, “You are free now my brother, I will see you again one day.”
- Rapper The Game also released a statement. He said, “We lost a great peer in the business. I will always remember the time I spent in the studio with him. He was very encouraging and professional. I will miss his voice, presence and advise. He’s a part of hip-hop’s rich history. My heart and condolences goes out to his family.”
- Childhood friend Snoop Dogg wrote via Twitter, “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 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 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 yo homie n baby brotha bigg snoopdogg!! RIP NATE DOGG.”
Other celebrity twitter messages dedicated to Nate included:
- Xzibit: “We lost a [soldier], a father, a legend, a homie. My condolences go out to Ms. Ruth and the entire family. Celebrate #NateDogg #FOREVER.”
- 50 Cent: “I just landed nate dog is dead damn. GOD BLESS HIM R.I.P he meant a lot to west coast hiphop. Iv always been a fan of it.”
- Daz Dillinger: “R.I.P. TO MY HOMEBOY NATE DOGG DPGC DOGG POUND GANGSTA 4 LIFE”
- Monica: “2 The late Nate Dogg’s Family Know The Lord is close 2 the brokenhearted & saves those who are crushed in spirit Psalm 34:18 . . . Stay Strong”
- Nas: “R.I.P. Nate Dogg!”
- Mariah Carey: “RIP Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale. God Bless You Always..”
- Nelly: “Blessings go out to the family of ‘NATHANIEL HALE’ aka ‘NATE DOGG’ may he R.I.P! A true PIONEER N ORIGINAL talent! ‘REGULATERS’ MOUNT UP!!”
- Ludacris: “There is a certain void in hip hop’s heart that can never be filled.Glad we got to make history together.”
- Erykah Badu: “Nate Dogg . . . freshness period. rest in beats.”
- Kim Kardashian: “RIP Nate Dogg…West Coast LEGEND! My fav songs are-‘Ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none’ and ‘Regulator’!!!!”
- Rick Ross: “smoking one for tha homies #rip #pnut #nate”
- ?uestlove: “Damnit! not Nate Dogg! very rare to find an effective CONTROLLED non show off singer in rnb (or whatever its called) Nate was a rare dude.”
Nate Dogg, born Nathaniel Hale was born in Long Beach, California on August 19th, 1969 was known for singing the hooks on classic hip hop songs and also known as one of the pioneers of G-Funk. As the son of a pastor, he got his start singing in the church as a child. At the age of 16, he dropped out of high school in Long Beach, California and left home to join the United States Marine Corps — serving for three years. Nate and childhood friends Snoop Dogg and Warren G formed a rap group entitled 213. The trio recorded a demo, which eventually got into the hands of Dr. Dre.
- Nate made his debut on Dr. Dre’s iconic album The Chronic. He was also featured on Snoop Dogg’s classic debut album Doggystyle. He went on to sign with Death Row Records in 1993. In 1994, Nate was featured on his first hit song with Warren G, “Regulate” — which peaked at no.2 on The Hot 100.
- Nate went on to collaborate with artists Tupac, and was featured other classic hip hop singles such as, including Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” Fabolous‘ “Can’t Deny It,” Ludacris’ “Area Codes,” 50 Cent’s “21 Questions” and Eminem’s “Shake That.” As of 2004, Nate Dogg has featured in and contributed to over 40 chart singles.
- Nate released three solo albums in his career, which included 1998’s double album G-Funk Classics Vol 1 & 2 and the 2001’s Music & Me. He released his last album Nate Dogg in 2008.
- Nate was nominated for four grammys, most recently for Best Rap/Sung collaboration in 2007 for Eminem’s song Shake That.