Nate Dogg, the California rapper 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; TMZ has since confirmed the report.
After showcasing his laid-back rapping/singing delivery on Dr. Dre's classic debut album "The Chronic," Nate Dogg was featured on Warren G's 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 rapper. Nate Dogg's most recent solo album, "Nate Dogg," was released in 2008.
The rapper 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."