Posted Wed, March 16, 2011 9:30am EST

Hip-Hop Star Nate Dogg Dead At Just 41. What A Loss!

Posted Wed, March 16, 2011 9:30am EST

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.

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Posted at 10:39 AM on March 19, 2011  

Wait… “What A Loss!” wasn’t used sarcastically?

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afranie christian

Posted at 4:40 PM on March 17, 2011  

i gat love

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