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G-Funk Singer Nate Dogg Dead at 41 

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Nate Dogg, who rose to fame as part of the West Coast's G-Funk rap scene, has died at the age of 41, reports MTV.  The cause of death was not announced, but Dogg, whose birth name was Nathaniel Hale, had been suffering from health issues following two major strokes, one of which left him partially paralyzed.  According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, his family announced his death on Tuesday.

Nate Dogg was a founding member of the rap group 213, which included a then-unknown Warren G and Snoop Dogg.  He was eventually featured on Warren G's smash "Regulate," and Dr. Dre's landmark 1992 album The Chronic. A four-time Grammy nominee, Dogg was also heard singing the hooks on Ludacris' "Area Codes," Eminem's "Shake That" and Dre and Snoop's "The Next Episode." His solo albums included 1998's G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2, which featured Tupac Shakur, Snoop, Warren G and Daz Dillinger.

Following Nate's death, Snoop Dogg tweeted, "We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B.  One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was sophomore at Poly High where we met. I love you Buddy Luv. You will always be with me forever and a day, you put the "G" in G-Funk, you put the 1 in 213 and you put your stamp on everybody you ever did it with."  He added, "I miss you, cuz, I am so sad, but so happy I got to grow up with you and I will see you again in heaven, 'cause you know the slogan...All doggs go to heaven."

Ludacris and Daz Dillinger also tweeted their condolences at Nate's passing, as did Game, Xzibit, Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu.

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