Nathaniel D. Hale, a rapper known as Nate Dogg, died Tuesday at the age of 41.
The rapper’s family announced his death yesterday to the Long Beach Press Telegram.
The cause of death, if known, has not been released, but Nate Dogg suffered two massive strokes in recent years, one in 2007 which left him partially paralyzed, and another in 2008.
Nate Dogg was a four-time Grammy nominee who worked with rappers such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and Eminem.
Snoop Dog Tweeted about the loss last night:
“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 with 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 celebrities took to Twitter to express their condolences as well:
Daz Dillinger: “R.I.P. TO MY HOMEBOY NATE DOGG DPGC DOGG POUND GANGSTA 4 LIFE.”
Xzibit: “We love you Nate Dogg, it’s never going to be the same.”
Reggie Bush: “R.I.B. Nate Dogg!!!! Rest In Beats!”
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.”
The Game: “I lost a friend. Been here before. Tears. Memories. One day someone will lose ‘US’ as well. LIVING until that day comes is our only option.”