Rapper Nate Dogg Dead At 41

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Rapper Nate Dogg has died of complications from multiple strokes, according to attorney Mark Geragos.

Known for rapping with icons such as Snoop Dogg and Warren G, the family of 41-year-old Nathaniel Hale, known as Nate Dogg, reported that he died Tuesday.

Hale’s voice was featured on hits including Warren G’s “Regulate,” 50 Cent’s “21 Questions,” Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” and countless others.

His near monotone crooning anchored some of rap’s most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West coast hip-hop.

He was childhood friends with Snoop Dogg, eventually adopting a similar on-stage name. On Wednesday, Snoop expressed his condolences in a tweet.

“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!!”

Tweeted fellow rapper, Ludacris: “There is a certain void in hip hop’s heart that can never be filled. Glad we got to make history together. RT @SnoopDogg: RIP NATE DOGG.”

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