The rap world is reeling after the death of the artist who rose to fame by working with Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre.
Nate Dogg, the hip-hop artist who performed on groundbreaking records like Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, is dead, family members told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He was only 41 years old.
Born Nathaniel D. Hale in Long Beach, Calif, Nate began singing in his trademark soulful style as child in a local Baptist church. He started his rap career with Snoop and Warren G in the 213 group. Nate went on to make his mark as one of the most sought-after collaborators in hip-hip.
After grappling with drug use, his health had declined in recent years, knocking him off the stage. In 2007, he had his first stroke, and was felled less than a year later by a second one. He struggled with partial paralysis and it was never clear if he would ever be able to resume his career.
Still, his death has stunned the hip-hop world.
Tributes have started to pour out on Twitter, from friends like Snoop, who tweeted “RIP NATE DOGG,” and Ludacris, who posted this message: “There is a certain void in hip hop’s heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together.”
There was no immediate word on the cause of death.