Nate Dogg, the California hip-hop singer whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died at the age of 41 on Tuesday (Mar. 15). The news was first reported by Long Beach, Calif. newspaper the Press-Telegram, which did not specify the cause of death. UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that Nate Dogg died of complications from multiple strokes.
After showcasing his laid-back delivery on Dr. Dre's classic debut album "The Chronic," Nate Dogg teamed with Warren G for the 1994 single "Regulate," which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. The song was the first of a number of hip-hop singles, including Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode," Fabolous' "Can't Deny It," Ludacris' "Area Codes" and Eminem's "Shake That," to feature a vocal hook from the Nate Dogg. He also spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 as a featured artist on 50 Cent's "21 Questions." Nate Dogg's most recent solo album, "Nate Dogg," was released in 2008.
The singer survived a pair of strokes in 2007 and 2008, and Warren G (@regulator) wrote on Twitter on Sunday, "For those that dont know awhile back nate had 2 strokes he is in therapy thanks again for your support."