Singer Nate Dogg dies at 41


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Singer Nate Dogg (Nathaniel Dwayne Hale), who came to fame in the 1990s after debuting on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, died last night at the age of 41. The singer suffered a stroke in 2008. The cause of death has not yet been released. News of his death was first reported by the Long Beach, Calif. newspaper the Press Telegram, which confirmed the news with Nate’s family.

Following his debut on The Chronic, Nate’s streetwise-smooth hooks were an integral part of the loosely defined 1990s hip-hop subgenre known as G-Funk. He appeared on records by Warren G (“Regulate”), Snoop Dogg (“B—– Please”), and several tracks by Tupac, and later sung hooks on records by Ludacris, 50 Cent, Eminem, and many others. He also released a number of solo albums, including G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2, Music & Me, and Nate Dogg.

Fellow artists Tweeted reactions to news of Nate’s death.

Snoop Dogg:
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 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 

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

all doggs go to heaven yo homie n baby brotha bigg snoopdogg!!

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.

50 Cent:
I just landed nate dog is dead damn. GOD BLESS HIM R.I.P he meant a lot to west coast hiphop. Iv always been a fan of it. 50cent

I wrote the chorus to 21 questions I needed nate to sing it for me. He had a way of making everything feel hard.

We love you Nate Dogg, it’s never going to be the same.

We lost a solider, a father, a legend, a homie. My condolences go out to Ms. Ruth and the entire family. Celebrate

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  • Mic Burna

    Wow, man I grew up listening to regulators with Nate and Warren. My condolences go to the family.

    • etm

      How sad! Regulate was so popular when I was in 8th grade. Whenever I hear that song it takes me back…RIP.

      • R.I.P NATE DOGG

        hell yeah i grew up with Nate Dogg and Warren G!!!! Regulators was the most popular. I used to start smacking my ex for not playing that song.. i played it so much he got sick of it. RIP NATE DOGG THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY

      • MT

        “The rythm is the bass and the bass is the treble”. G-FUNK.

        RIP, NATE DOGG.

      • Jeff

        Same here can’t believe he’s gone… haven’t followed him in a couple years didn’t even know he had suffered that stroke in 2007 and was paralyzed… wow… 8th grade always reminds me of him and Regulate with warren G that and the next episode

      • gwen carr

        i loved nate dogg, being ova 50 he was one of my favorite rap artist in the 80’s…RIP and don’t go up 2 heaven tryin to regulate…or

      • patsy battle

        to the family im so sorry for your loss, nate dogg was a very talented young man and will be missed. u and ur family will b in my prayers…God bless

    • 904Duval35

      Yo i thought this was just another rumor but now that i’ve read it over and over I guess its true. Man, Nate you will truly be missed man damn sho want be the same. But the thing is now you in a place where theres no more pain, no more strokes, no more stress, just peace you at home now. People get sad but now is the time to salute.

      • tracy

        yes it’s a sad lost but at a much better place lets salute to nate send us them beats from heaven.

      • Victor

        Indeed we gona miss him!!! R.I.P

    • Eddie Spivey

      R.I.P Brother dog

      • Hepsi

        Burn in Hell nig

    • Nathaniel

      NATE DOG was the heart to the vocal of rap like Roger was back in the days R&B NATEDOG will be missed my prayers go out to Miss Ruth and others

    • tekinho g rap.

      Para,mim melhores,dos melhores,porra,gangster.

  • emil

    R.I.P. Nate Dogg.

  • Pamela

    Yo Nate R.I.P. C u at the cross roads Dawgg

    • lordy lordy

      darn, typo… “GW turned his back on his OLD life – not his ‘own’ life. whoops.

  • Peter Bilta

    That sux man. Nate Dogg was one of my favorites for a long time. For a while, every song he touched turned to gold. RIP

  • chastity pops

    so so sad real g”s go to heaven miss him much…

    • Lol

      LOL…I hardly think that “real G’s” go to heaven.

      • Pat

        I laughed at that too. Didn’t Snoop kill somebody?

      • Ms. M58

        Always a dumb smart ass loser to turn ANY situation into something mean and callous. Jesus, someone cannot even die nowadays without a reject hiding behind their computer and making irrelevant comments. You and your stupid sidekick who made the other comment are not the judge nor the jury when it comes to death. And thank god for that. You’re negativity and bitterness cannot send or prevent anyone from going to heaven or hell please believe . You would be better at getting your own affairs and nasty attitudes and opinions in check before trying to condemn others. No wonder the world is in the shape it is now because of heartless miserable low lifes like yourself. Get a damn life and a clue reject.

      • onlygdcnjdge

        even in death some people wont and cant forgive , GOD is love no matter what name you give him, find a GOD and learn to love him and your worldwide family… and pray for the survivors and victims in japan

      • sonja

        people are so stupid real g’s go to heaven also don’t be silly at a time like this r.i.p nate dogg

      • Zakry

        Damn you are dumb!

      • Ms. M58


        Yes you’re right. Unfortunately we live in a society where people love and live to tear one another down. It’s common place now to do. We love a trainwreck or tragedy and thrive off it. Terribly sad. People need to be careful, you never know when angels are walking amongst us testing our humility, humbleness and heart. If you’re bitter, find out why. If there’s a problem, solve it, a hurt, heal it a need, fill it. Let’s look beyond the tips of our noses and our own selfishness and diluted contaminated thinking and consider the feelings of others. To LOL someones death is shameful. at the end of the day we are all human beings and only we can be held accountable for ourselves. RIP Nathaniel. I pray you’re at peace.

      • DA TRUTH

        Its a damn shame for someone to joke about death…. U need to be careful of wat u say it might be yo ass in da morgue tommorrow

      • lordy lordy

        Funny how GW was an alcoholic cokehead.. but he becomes a Christian, turns his back on his own life and BOOM we accept it.

        Someone else claims to be a Christian with no evidence to the contrary to disprove their faith… but noooooooo people dedicate themselves to tearing that down.

        I don’t know what is someone’s heart. No one does. But if someone professes faith – I can not and will not judge them.

      • big black

        In every situation there is some one trying to shine in some one else spot light… This is Nate Dogg time. We should be praying for his family. And bless the two people (who have bad timing)to grace us with their lack of morals. infact…pray for them too!!

      • Pat

        Not hiding behind anything and it’s a shame that Nate died, I just found Snoop’s comment amusing. Maybe Snoop has changed his ways, I was just pointing out the slight irony in an accussed but acquitted murderer making those comments.

      • Yngwie Mackadangdang, Jr.

        Ms M58– “People need to be careful, you never know when angels are walking amongst us testing our humility, humbleness and heart. If you’re bitter, find out why. If there’s a problem, solve it, a hurt, heal it a need, fill it. Let’s look beyond the tips of our noses and our own selfishness and diluted contaminated thinking and consider the feelings of others. To LOL someones death is shameful. at the end of the day we are all human beings and only we can be held accountable for ourselves.”
        Very insightful, poignant and well said!! Restores my faith in humanity a little bit.

      • Ms. M58

        Yes Pat you were hiding behind it. Nothing you stated was amusing, ironic or insightful. What does Snoops past have anything to do with the here and now regarding the death of his friend? You didn’t bother to “clarify” yourself until you were called out for your insensitivity. Everyone has a past and everyone makes mistakes. As I’ve said before, we are not the judge, so get off your soap box already. If we opened your closet, how many bones would fall out? Should you also be dismissed as fraudulent and not forgiven? Let us know when you get to that exclusive part of Heaven that’s reserved for those who were perfect their entire walk here on Earth. I’m curious to know how those privileged selected few like yourself will enjoy it.

      • tonyaclark

        I know that’s right. G’s don’t go to heaven.!!!

      • Jas


      • standfirm

        Ur right people mk Der god in Der own image..I could only hope he died wit jesuschrist are savoir .. cuz he’s lifestyle was da opposite of Jesus

    • kal

      we all got to die someday

  • ian

    R.I.P nate…u were the greatest….

  • azzie

    Shocked….the hiphop industry will feel this great loss

  • Cameron Fletcher

    I met nate, he was a top guy, met him at a concert in florida when I went over, one of the top rappers to live, you’ll be missed Nate, Rest In Peace Nate Dogg <3

  • sarah


    • Sad Lil Gurl

      U right nobody dont do it better then him

  • Tasha

    R.I.P Nate Dogg u will always be a hip hop legend gone but never forgotton…

    • Jay

      I agree Tasha, a hip hop legend…his style was one of a kind…grew up listening to his melodic voice…

      • SaraJ

        Yes, his voice was absolutely beautiful. This is so sad.

  • mnashe james maxis

    Rip nate dogg;u had tha most explosive hooks:will miss u brother

  • Droppy Dogg

    RIP Nate Dogg. Thanks for taking the funk to that other level.

  • Tyquan

    R.I.P. Nate Dogg 1 of the Greatest hook mans 2 ever do it u will truly b missed but never 4gotten

    • Dee Jones

      Yeah you are so right. He had a unique sound. When he come on to do a hook you knew it was him. RIP Nate!

  • dmoloto

    i will miss your chorus nate…you have always chorus an easy thing for west coast

  • Rebecca

    May God rest your soul in peace Nate Dogg we all love you!

    • Karen

      Dats right nate dogg u will b truly missed. I LOVED your music& your melodic voice. But theres no more pain or u sufferin.RIP NATE!!! Say hello 2 Tupac & my mother Tisha.. Prayer goes out 2 Nate’s family!?!

      • lisa miller

        R.I.P. nate dodd will always b remembered never 4gotten….loved u and u AND UR MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ALWAYS N OUR HEARTS!!!!!!

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